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Pointe Coupee General Hospital Awarded Hospital Accreditation From The Joint Commission - Friday, July 31, 2015

Pointe Coupee General Hospital has announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.  

"Pointe Coupee General Hospital staff members spent over a year updating policies and procedures to comply with Joint Commission standards”,  said Chad Olinde, Pointe Coupee General Hospital Administrator. "The effort was coordinated by Elaine Hurme, PhD, RN, CNO, Assistant Administrator”, added Olinde.  

Pointe Coupee General Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in June of 2015. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention, infection control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

"Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., Chief Operating Officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. "In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Pointe Coupee General Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

"Pointe Coupee General Hospital is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Olinde.  "Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

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

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care 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 nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at



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