Eleanor Slater Hospital awarded accreditation by the joint commission

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BURRILLVILLE – Eleanor Slater Hospital has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission, after demonstrating compliance with all standards and successfully addressing all requirements for improvement, according to a release on Tuesday, Sept. 7 from the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, which oversees the facilities including Burrillville’s Zambarano unit.

The hospital is expected to undergo a follow-up survey in approximately six months to further assess its progress and continued compliance.

“This is the result of many hours of hard work by many employees as well as a firm commitment by the state and its leaders to ensure that Eleanor Slater Hospital has the tools and support it needs to continue providing the best care for its patients,” said Richard Charest, director of the BHDDH and interim chief executive officer of Eleanor Slater. “I thank all the people who contributed to this outcome and look forward to the next visit from The Joint Commission.”

The commission, an independent, nonprofit organization, accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health-care organizations and programs in the United States. Following a visit to Eleanor Slater Hospital during June, The Joint Commission issued a preliminary denial of accreditation.

Since then, Eleanor Slater staff and others across state government have reportedly addressed concerns ranging from building conditions to culture of safety, and the work has been reviewed during two follow-up visits.

The next visit by commission will ensure that the hospital is moving forward with its plan of correction, according to the release, but the survey will not affect the hospital’s accreditation.

For more information, visit The Joint Commission website.

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