Joint Commission clears Summa Health after patient safety complaint

After paying a two-day unannounced visit to Summa Akron (Ohio) City Hospital last week, The Joint Commission deemed the emergency department safe for patients, according to a report from the Akron Beacon Journal.

The accreditation organization did not provide a reason for their visit, though it is known at least one complaint was filed around the New Year in regards to patient safety, according to the report. The complaint was filed after Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health System abruptly switched contracts with the physician group staffing the ED.

Nonetheless, TJC "found no cause for concern regarding the quality of care being provided to our emergency medicine patients," Summa Interim President and CEO Cliff Deveny, MD, said in a memo to staff, according to the report.

TJC cited the health system on one concern: A physician treated patients for a few hours before the credentialing process for that physician was complete, according to the report. "This did not impact patient care as the provider is a board-certified emergency medicine provider, but it was an error that we take responsibility for," Dr. Deveny said in the memo, according to the report. "As cited in the report, we caught and corrected the error within a matter of a few hours and put measures in place to ensure it did not occur again." TJC deemed this issue a "unique occurrence" and low in terms of potential harm to patients, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Summa Health is still waiting for a decision on its appeal of the probation status of its emergency medicine residency program, according to the report.

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