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Fort HealthCare Receives Three Year Joint Commission Accreditation

Monday, February 14, 2011

 Fort HealthCare has again been awarded a three year Gold Seal of Approval™ accreditation from the internationally recognized health care accrediting body, the Joint Commission. This review process is designed to help Fort HealthCare and other hospitals throughout the country continuously provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and services by identifying opportunities for improvement. The Joint Commission encourages organizations to use the accreditation process as an ongoing tool for compliance and operational improvement.

Fort HealthCare underwent an unannounced, critical review early October 2010. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Fort HealthCare for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The results of the accreditation offers validation that Fort HealthCare has continuously met the many performance standards specified by the Joint Commission.
“We recognize Joint Commission accreditation as the Gold Seal for providing safety and high quality health care to our patients. Achieving accreditation from the Joint Commission was a team effort at Fort HealthCare that will bring assurance to our patients and provide the best care possible,” said Kay Wipperfurth, Vice President of Ancillary and Support Services.
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval is valid for up to three years. It is Fort HealthCare’s focus to continuously meet the Joint Commission national standards, while maintaining care processes for patients that are safe and meet high quality standards. Fort HealthCare has maintained this status continuously since 1952.
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 care. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission is an independent, non-for-profit organization and is the nation’s oldest and largest standard setting and accrediting body in health care. To learn more about the Joint Commission visit
Fort HealthCare is an integrated hospital and health system that attracts patients throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Fort Memorial Hospital is a modern, fully accredited, acute and sub-acute care facility with 110 licensed beds. More than 100 physicians are on staff. Fort Medical Group, a subsidiary of Fort HealthCare, currently employs more than 50 physicians, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers. Fort Medical Group clinics offering primary and specialty surgical care are located in Fort Atkinson, Cambridge, Edgerton, Elkhorn, Johnson Creek, Jefferson, Lake Mills, Stoughton and Whitewater. Other services offered by Fort HealthCare include occupational medicine, rehabilitation and sports medicine, wound care, urgent care, home health, a preferred provider network for employers known as FortCare, and more. Fort HealthCare is a partner in the UW Cancer Center Johnson Creek. Most major health insurance products are accepted. For more information, please go to