An unannounced on-site by the Joint Commission has earned Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe a Gold Seal of Approval.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Chief Nursing Officer Catherine Hamilton:

Catherine Hamilton

The commission focuses on patient safety.  They follow a patient through their time at the hospital.  The high rating means Hedrick will not be required to undergo surveys as frequently as other hospitals.

Press Release from Hedrick Medical Center

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (Jan. 14, 2013) — Hedrick Medical Center of Saint Luke’s Health System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation. The hospital earned this accreditation renewal by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety. The accreditation award, which cycles every three years, recognizes Hedrick’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in November. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Hedrick Medical Center for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including overall patient safety, medication management, and infection prevention and control.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Hedrick Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services for The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Hedrick Medical Center and its employees for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With the renewal of 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,” Matt Wenzel, CEO, Hedrick Medical Center, said. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

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 For more information about Hedrick Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Health System, visit

Hedrick Medical Center is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 10 area hospitals and many primary care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.