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Suburban Community Hospital awarded Laboratory Accreditation from The Joint Commission

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Suburban Community Hospital awarded Laboratory Accreditation from The Joint Commission



Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Director of Business Development, Marketing, and Communications


Suburban Community Hospital awarded Laboratory Accreditation from The Joint Commission

East Norriton, PA (July 16, 2020) – Suburban Community Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Laboratory Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Suburban Community Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review, during which a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Laboratory standards spanning several areas. The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help healthcare organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys healthcare 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 Suburban Community Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“The Joint Commission concentrates on operational systems that are critical to the safety and quality of patient care,” said Dave Schmidt, Chief Nursing Officer at Suburban Community Hospital. “The survey process evaluates actual patient care processes by looking at the care, treatment, and services provided in the Suburban Community Hospital Laboratory.”

The Joint Commission is a voluntary inspection, and forward-thinking healthcare organizations such as Suburban Community Hospital use inspections by the Joint Commission to stimulate improvement efforts in healthcare quality and patient safety and to help support operational efficiencies.

Schmidt added, “achieving this accreditation means we have met the highest standards for laboratory medicine, and our accreditation enables us to continue moving forward with confidence in our endeavor to provide the highest quality of services.”

“By obtaining our Joint Commission Accreditation we demonstrate our commitment to our patients and the care they receive at our hospital,” said Matt Shelak, CEO at Suburban Community Hospital.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.

About Suburban Community Hospital: Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 75 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Located in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, the hospital was built in 1944 and originally named Riverview Hospital. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.

About The Joint Commission: Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more about The Joint Commission at