By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, The Outer Banks Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s “Gold Seal of Approval.” The Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, applying the same standards to both nationally recognized health institutions and to small rural, community hospitals.

“We were evaluated and measured against the same standards as other nationally renowned hospitals,” said Van Smith, hospital president. Upon completion of the two-day event, the surveyor had zero recommendation for improvement (RFIs). “Having no RFIs is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Smith, “and a reflection of the high level of care we provide at The Outer Banks Hospital.”

The Joint Commission made an unannounced, on-site evaluation of The Outer Banks Hospital on February 6th and 7th. The accreditation award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to complying with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards 24/7, 365 days a year.

“This excellent report reflects the highest degree of professionalism at The Outer Banks Hospital,” said Bob Middlebrooks, Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Directors. “The staff is to be commended for their dedication to patient care.”

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” said Darlene Christiansen, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that The Outer Banks Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal – to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”

“The success of our survey validates that we are fortunate to have a group of amazingly talented professionals who deliver safe, high quality care on a daily basis,” said Smith. “The Outer Banks can be proud of their community hospital.”