VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System
Accreditations and Achievements
VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System has received a number of accreditations and awards.
Joint Commission Accreditation
In 2009, the healthcare system was awarded full three-year accreditation by The Joint Commission for the following programs: Hospital, Home Care, and Long Term Care. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards, and improving the quality and safety of care provided to patients.
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Accreditation
CARF is a private, not-for-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services by establishing standards of quality for organizations to use as guidelines in developing and offering their programs or services to consumers. CARF accreditation means that an organization has made a commitment to continually enhance the quality of its services and programs, and its focus is on consumer satisfaction. In 2010, several programs at the healthcare system received full three-year CARF Accreditation:
- Community Employment Services: Job Development
- Community Employment Services: Job Supports
- Employee Development Services
- Organizational Employment Services
- Case Management/Services Coordination: Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Adults)
- Community Housing: Psychosocial Rehabilitation (Adults)
College of American Pathologists
In 2010, Pathology and Laboratory Service was awarded a full two-year accreditation of the laboratory by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The goal of the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is to improve patient safety by advancing the quality of pathology and laboratory services through education, standard setting, and ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements.