By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety, Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

“We sought re-accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” said Jay Fox, president, Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie. “Obtaining Joint Commission re-accreditation tells us that we are continuing to achieve our goal of providing exemplary health care to our community.”

“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. “Achieving re-accreditation demonstrated Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie’s commitment to providing high quality and safe care to its clients.”

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of Baylor Waxahachie from Dec. 18-20.

The re-accreditation award recognizes Baylor Waxahachie’s dedication to complying with the Joint Commission’s standards on a continuous basis.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.

The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities.

In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie is a not-for-profit hospital serving southern Dallas and Ellis counties. In response to its growing communities, Baylor Waxahachie continues to grow its services and expand its medical staff. For fiscal year 2006, Baylor Health Care System reported $405.6 million in community benefit to the Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information about Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie, visit www.BaylorHealth.com.