Sanford Bemidji receives national accreditation

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Clinics, Home Care and Hospice have earned “The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval” for demonstrating continuous compliance with their standards.

The “Seal” is a nationally recognized symbol of quality, according to a release.

Sanford Bemidji underwent an unannounced on-site survey in late October, and during the review, a team of Joint Commission surveyors conducted interviews and evaluated compliance with standards related to several areas, including emergency management, infection prevention and control, and medication management.

The Joint Commission accreditation is awarded for a three-year period. The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years, with more than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintaining accreditation, according to the release. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“We are pleased to have earned accreditation by The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” stated Susan Jarvis, President and CEO of Sanford Bemidji. “Staff across our region are committed to the Commission’s standard of quality care by working together to develop and implement approaches to continually improve care for our community. This includes, but is not limited to, high reliability training, which our staff will begin this spring.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are guided by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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