Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital said Wednesday it earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification in Comprehensive Stroke Center by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The RWJUH stroke program underwent a rigorous virtual survey in April, in which a team from TJC evaluated compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes of care for stroke.

The virtual visit spanned several areas, including the Emergency Department, Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Neurocritical Care Unit, Neurology Intermediate Care Unit and Neurology floor.

The program received a “perfect” survey result from the visit, meaning there were no requirements for improvement cited.

“Earning this certification from the Joint Commission demonstrates our team’s commitment to quality, patient safety, pursuit of innovation and implementation of the most current, best practices, including clinical trials, to deliver the best possible outcomes for stroke patients in our state,” said Dr. Kiwon Lee, chief of neurology at RWJUH, professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and medical director of  RWJUH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.