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East Cooper Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Certification

Jan 9, 2016

East Cooper Medical Center Awarded Perinatal Care Certification From The Joint Commission
East Cooper becomes only hospital in South Carolina to receive nine Gold Seals from The Joint Commission

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – January 11, 2016 – East Cooper Medical Center announced today it has earned its Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission. This accreditation marks East Cooper’s ninth Joint Commission Gold Seal. The certification program recognizes Joint Commission accredited hospitals committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns.

“With Joint Commission certification, it further emphasizes the commitment East Cooper has in providing quality care to our youngest patients and their mothers,” says Terri Harris, Chief Nursing Officer. “We are proud to have received nine Gold Seals from the Joint Commission, the most in the state of South Carolina. It’s a testament to our culture at East Cooper and the high standards of our maternity services that we strive to achieve every day for our Lowcountry families.”  

East Cooper Medical Center underwent a demanding onsite review to assess its compliance with certification standards for perinatal care. During the review, Joint Commission experts completed an independent evaluation of East Cooper Medical Center’s perinatal health care services, as well as the following key requirements:

  • Integrated, coordinated patient-centered care that starts with prenatal and continues through postpartum care
  • Early identification of high-risk pregnancies and births
  • Management of mothers’ and newborns’ risks at a level corresponding to the program’s capabilities
  • Available patient education and information about perinatal care services

“Achieving Perinatal Care Certification recognizes an organization’s commitment to healthy mothers and healthy babies,” said Wendi Roberts, RN, BA, MS, CLNC, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “The certification gives providers an unparalleled advantage when it comes to preparing mothers for labor and delivery, while also being able to help them if complications arise.”

Established in 2015, Perinatal Care Certification is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.




About East Cooper Medical Center:
East Cooper Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare, is a 130-bed acute care hospital located at 2000 Hospital Drive in Mount Pleasant. East Cooper Medical Center has been providing healthcare to the East Cooper community since 1986. We provide a number of services including 24-hour emergency care, women’s services, diagnostic imaging and interventional services, orthopedics, sports medicine, pain care, adult and pediatric rehabilitation services, wound care services and surgical care, including nationally recognized spine surgery and breast reconstruction surgery. East Cooper Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

The Joint Commission:
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org

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