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St. Luke's Wood River Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

By Ken Dey, News and Community
March 4, 2013

KETCHUM, Idaho– St. Luke’s Wood River has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes St. Luke’s Wood River’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. St. Luke’s Wood River has maintained accreditation since 2001, shortly after opening the new hospital as part of the St. Luke’s system.

St. Luke’s Wood River underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey on February 20 and 21. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated St. Luke’s Wood River for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Cody Langbehn, St. Luke's Wood River CEO. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

"In achieving and maintaining Joint Commission accreditation, St. Luke’sWoodRiverhas demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Mark Pelletier, executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend St. Luke’s Wood River for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

About 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 evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in theUnited States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 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. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About St. Luke’s Wood River

In November 2000, St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center opened its doors to serve the health care needs of people living in the greater Blaine County area. This 25-bed critical access hospital provides inpatient and outpatient surgery, 24-hour emergency services, Diagnostic Imaging, OB/GYN services, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, and Mammography.

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About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center
Street Address: 100 Hospital Dr.
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100
Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 727-8800