Awards & Recognition
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s (JCAHO) national standards for health care quality and safety, Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.
JCAHO is a national accrediting organization for hospitals and healthcare organizations, and its accreditation is considered the gold standard among hospitals. Every three years, PCRMC undergoes an intensive inspection conducted by JCAHO surveyors to maintain its accreditation.
HIMSS Stage 6 Hospital
HIMSS Analytics, an organization that tracks electronic medical records utilization, ranks PCRMC in the Top 1 percent of hospitals in the nation for comprehensive electronic medical records use. HIMSS has seven stages of electronic medical record integration; they rank PCRMC at a Stage 6. Only two other hospitals in Missouri are classified as a Stage 6, and none have reached Stage 7. Less than 30 percent of hospitals are ranked at a Stage 3.
To be considered Stage 6, a hospital must have the following:
- Electronic physician documentation
- Closed loop medication administration
- PACS – a Pictorial Archiving Computer System/Electronic medical imaging records
- Electronic records and systems for the laboratory, radiology department and pharmacy
PCRMC has been building its electronic medical records system since 2001 with the goals of improving clinical quality and patient safety, improving information accessibility for decision-making, improving physician satisfaction, improving productivity and reducing costs.