Skyland Trail Awarded Ninth Consecutive Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission

Skyland Trail has earned its ninth consecutive Gold Seal of Approval® Accreditation from The Joint Commission by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organizations commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Skyland Trail underwent a rigorous, onsite survey in December 2019. During the visit, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated the Skyland Trail adult and adolescent programs and facilities for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of individuals served and families, including infection prevention and control, building maintenance, medical records management, leadership, medication management and effective discharge planning. The 2019 survey was the first to include the adolescent residential program that opened in October 2019.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess, and improve performance.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Skyland Trail for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”