Lawrence Memorial Hospital received a high ranking from the nation's top standards-setting body in health care.
LMH learned of the results this week of an on-site survey of the hospital and physician practices conducted Nov. 12-15 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
According to the Joint Commission's final report, the hospital recorded a performance score of 93 out of a possible 100.
By demonstrating its compliance with the Joint Commission's nationally recognized health care standards, LMH has achieved accreditation from that body.
"Only 39 percent of hospitals surveyed by the Joint Commission receive a score of 93 or better. This is proof of an organization-wide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis," said Gene Meyer, LMH's chief executive officer.
"The surveyors complimented us as a fine hospital with good community support and a phenomenal staff."
The last time the Joint Commission surveyed LMH three years ago it gave the hospital a score of 89.
Scoring guidelines have been changed since then, making a high score on the survey even more difficult to attain, Meyer said.
The average score for health care organizations participating in the Joint Commission survey is 85.
LMH has maintained its Joint Commission accreditation for decades, according to the hospital.
The Joint Commission, which is independent and not for profit, evaluates and accredits nearly 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.
To earn and maintain accreditation, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a JCAHO survey team at least every three years. Laboratories must be surveyed every two years.
The survey of LMH looked not only at the hospital but also its physician practices: Lawrence Family Care, 1311 Wakarusa Drive; Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists, 330 Ark.; and Mt. Oread Family Practice, 3510 Clinton Parkway Place.
Surveyors noted two areas in which LMH could improve. They recommended LMH improve its process for authenticating verbal orders from physicians within a specific time frame; and ensure that patients' physical examination and medical histories are available in their medical records before surgery or other procedures.