The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Campus Health has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Services, Behavioral Health, and Laboratory Services by demonstrating continuous compliance with performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Campus Health has maintained this accreditation since 1986.
Campus Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Campus Health Laboratory underwent rigorous, unannounced onsite reviews in December 2019. During the visits, teams of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with standards spanning several areas including organizational leadership, patient rights and education, infection prevention and control, medication management, adherence to best practices and clinical guidelines, patient safety, prevention of medical errors, and continual performance improvement.
Over 22,000 healthcare organizations worldwide are Joint Commission accredited. Local Joint Commission-accredited organizations include UNC Healthcare and Duke Health. Over 70% of community hospitals in North Carolina are Joint Commission accredited, but out of 800 institutional members of the American College Health Association, only 15 college health centers nationwide achieve Joint Commission accreditation. Campus Health director, Ken Pittman, noted that “UNC Campus Health chooses to continually seek Joint Commission accreditation in order to meet the same level of rigorous accreditation standards as providers within our region and those healthcare organizations in the hometowns of the majority of our students.”
Healthcare organizations who bill insurance plans as in network providers must achieve some level of accreditation. Campus Health is considered an in network provider by 94% of UNC students’ health insurance plans.