UNC Hospitals regains Joint Commission accreditation

Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Hospitals regained Joint Commission accreditation Aug. 30 after spending nearly two months on probation, according to the accrediting body's website.

The Joint Commission denied accreditation status for the system after finding several care deficiencies during a July 17 survey. Deficiencies included inadequate suicide screening protocols and a lack of ligature-resistant furniture in behavioral health areas, according to an internal UNC document cited by The News & Observer 

The Joint Commission updated the system's accreditation status after visiting the health system Aug. 29-30. Inspectors are slated to return for a follow-up visit in about four months, a UNC spokesperson told Becker's via email.

"UNC Medical Center's accreditation status with The Joint Commission has been updated to 'Accreditation with a follow-up survey' following our successful surveys last week," the spokesperson said. "UNC Medical Center leadership is confident in our ability to provide excellent patient care to all North Carolinians. UNC Health Care is committed to continuous quality improvement and working with The Joint Commission is an important part of that ongoing effort."

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