Specialty Hospital March 24, 2014

Jacksonville, FL - Out of 436 Long Term Acute Care hospitals in the United States, Specialty Hospital in Jacksonville Florida is the first to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Sepsis Program. The certification award recognizes Specialty Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Specialty Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with Sepsis,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Specialty Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“Achieving Joint Commission certification in Sepsis is a major step in taking our standard of care to the next level” says, Barbara McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer. “It reinforces Specialty Hospital’s commitment in ensuring excellence for our patients and our community.”

Sepsis occurs when a serious infection begins to spread throughout the body. Early detection is vital since approximately 40% of patients that are determined to have Sepsis do not survive.

“Our commitment to patients with this deadly condition has reduced mortality and reduced the rate of relapse to critically ill status for our patients” says, Dr. Wendell Williams, Chief Medical Officer. “We are continuing to improve our treatment and outcomes for these patients and hope our program will become a model for other long term acute care hospitals.”