September 9, 1998
Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation (JHMSC), the organization providing primary outpatient health care through 18 medical facilities in Maryland, earned a nearly perfect score of 99 out of 100 from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) during JCAHO's recent survey.
Conducted June 1-4, the review covered everything from placement of fire extinguishers to patients' rights, and gave accreditation with commendation, the highest level offered.
JCAHO reviews member health care organizations every three years as part of its accreditation process. A score of 99 means that all the standards, policies and procedures within the departments of clinical operations, human resources, information systems, and environmental care meet and exceed JCAHO requirements.
Also included in the review were health care provider credentials, patient medical records and database information, clinical policies, lab reports, radiology reports, and safety policies and procedures for hazards such as fire, dangerous substances, and bomb threats.
In the letter from JCAHO to Hopkins announcing the survey results, it was noted that "This outstanding level of achievement reflects the successful efforts of your organization to provide high quality care for those your serve."