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Golden Honors

Joint Commission Gold SealNorthBay Healthcare proudly announces our facilities have once again earned a Gold Seal of Approval and a continuing three-year accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

The accreditation from the independent non-profit institute that sets nationally recognized standards for hospitals includes NorthBay Medical Center, NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, the NorthBay Center for Primary Care, and NorthBay Health at Home & Hospice.

The Joint Commission says accreditation is a “clear sign that the organization has demonstrated compliance to the most stringent standards of performance.”

“We voluntarily seek accreditation because we want to demonstrate NorthBay’s commitment to our patients’ safety and their quality care,” says Deborah Sugiyama, President of NorthBay Healthcare Group. “This is another step toward achieving excellence.”

In October of last year, a seven-person team comprising physicians, nurses and other experienced evaluators conducted a week long, unannounced visit to NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, as well as the home health care and hospice programs.

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in performance and the outcomes of care,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director of Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services of the Joint Commission.

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