Prairie Band Health Center Awarded Ambulatory & Behavioral Health Care Accreditation from the Joint Commission


Prairie Band Potawatomi Health Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for both Ambulatory Care and Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Prairie Band Health Center was notified in late October 2019 of their accomplishment.

Prairie Band Potawatomi Health Center underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on August 21 & 22, 2019. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Ambulatory and Behavioral Health Care standards spanning several areas including emergency management, credentialing, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, medication management, performance improvement, life-safety, the 2019 National patient safety goals, and rights and responsibilities of individuals.

The Health Center has been accredited in Ambulatory Care since 2008 and undergoes accreditation reviews every three years. This recent review served as the initial accreditation review in Behavioral Health Care.

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. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“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 Prairie Band Potawatomi Health Center for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.