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Richmond University Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification by The Joint Commission

September 19, 2018 – Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Certification in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

RUMC underwent a rigorous on-site review in August 2018. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with COPD-specific requirements. These requirements include the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease’s Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD; and the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society’s Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of patients with COPD.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and refractory, or non-reversible, asthma. COPD is characterized by increasing breathlessness. While it is a progressive and incurable disease, with the right diagnosis and treatment, COPD can be managed. Symptoms can be different for each person, but common symptoms include increased shortness of breath; frequent coughing with and without mucus; increased breathlessness; wheezing; and tightness in the chest.

“Richmond University Medical Center is pleased to receive certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” President and CEO Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., FACHE, said. “This certification is confirmation of our continued commitment to providing the highest level of health care for those in our community.”

Established in 2007 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in COPD was developed in collaboration with the American Lung Association. The certification recognizes Joint Commission-accredited organizations in the outpatient and ambulatory care setting that focus their efforts on staff education requirements; use of spirometry, a common test used to assess how well a person’s lungs work; smoking cessation; risk factor reduction; patient education on self-management of COPD; and coordination of care.

“Richmond University Medical Center has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with COPD,” Patrick Phelan, Executive Director for Hospital Business Development at The Joint Commission, said. “We commend Richmond University Medical Center for becoming a leader in COPD care.”

October is National Healthy Lung Awareness Month. Richmond University Medical Center’s board certified pulmonologist, Dr. Keith Diaz, can assist people with COPD. To schedule an appointment call 718-818-1058. The hospital also has a lung screening program for smokers and former smokers. For more information, call 718-818-2391.


Richmond University Medical Center Awarded Advanced Certification by The Joint Commission