The Joint Commission
Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center has earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commissions national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Rockcastle Regional's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 healthcare 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 jointcommission.org.
The Joint Commission has a toll-free hotline to provide patients, their families, caregivers, and others with an opportunity to share concerns regarding patient safety and quality of care issues at accredited health care organizations. The toll-free number is (800) 994-6610 and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The American College of Radiology
Rockcastle Regional has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer
Rockcastle Regional's Hematology & Oncology Clinic has been granted a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Rockcastle Hematology & Oncology Clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.
The CoC Accrediation Program provides the framework for Rockcastle Regional to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services, including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that document sthe care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors' quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Rockcastle Regional maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint proram of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.