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Broughton Hospital receives Joint Commission accreditation

For release: Immediate    Feb. 17, 2011
Contact: Mark Van Sciver (919) 733-9190

MORGANTON – Broughton Hospital today announced it has received full accreditation by the Joint Commission, a national independent agency for accrediting all public and private health care facilities.

The hospital underwent a three-day Joint Commission survey last December in order to quality for national accreditation. At the conclusion of the visit, Joint Commission surveyors gave hospital leaders an indication of a favorable outcome but Broughton Hospital CEO Tom Mahle said the official letter confirming the accreditation finding arrived only on Feb. 14.

“Our staff worked very hard to prepare for this survey visit and it is through their work and dedication to the quality of care provided by Broughton Hospital that I attribute our successful accreditation,” Mahle said. “I am proud of them and proud of this accomplishment and we look forward to a long and successful working relationship with Joint Commission”

“I wish to extend my personal thanks and congratulations to the staff of Broughton Hospital. In all ways, this accreditation underscores reality that this hospital, indeed all of our facilities, are making tremendous strides in providing the highest quality of care to the people of North Carolina,” said DHHS Secretary Lanier M. Cansler. “This positive affirmation by an independent reviewer of our hospital only strengthens our determination to continue our efforts to excel at all levels of our mental health delivery system.”

Broughton Hospital is a 278-bed state-operated psychiatric hospital serving the mental health needs of patients from 37 counties in the western region of the state. The hospital is also the largest employer in both the town of Morganton and in Burke County. Later this spring, the hospital plans to break ground on the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility, the third of three new state-operated psychiatric hospitals being constructed by North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.
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