Silverado Hospice in Austin Awarded Accreditation by Leading Independent Healthcare Standard-setting Organization
Hospice Provider Recognized with Trusted Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission
AUSTIN, TX – October 9, 2014 – Silverado Hospice in Austin, Texas earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for exceeding national healthcare quality standards. This significant accreditation represents Silverado’s commitment to delivering the best care possible to patients at the end of life.
During the unannounced on-site survey, a team of Joint Commission experts evaluated the quality of Silverado’s care based on a number of factors that affect patients and their families, including infection prevention, patient education, medication management and leadership.
“At Silverado we believe that how a person leaves this earth is as important as how they spent their life on it,” shares Silverado Hospice Vice President Michelle Pickering. “Receiving the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval underscores our commitment to providing end-of-life care that helps patients experience life to the fullest while allowing their families a chance to create cherished memories.”
Achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a result of offering comprehensive medical, social and spiritual care from a dedicated team of physicians, social workers, spiritual counselors, case managers, hospice aides and volunteers – each of whom ensure a safe and personalized experience for hospice patients. Additionally, families often share appreciation for Silverado’s ability to deliver end-of-life care with an emphasis on dignity and comfort.
“I have been so grateful for the collaboration and communication provided by the entire hospice team – from the doctor who treats my husband and the caregiver who bathes him, to the nurses who monitor his condition,” shares a Silverado Hospice family member from Austin. “I also get support from the social worker, who researches any questions I have and incorporates my husband’s interests into their exchanges. And the spiritual care adviser is a gentle listener. How comforting it to have them all during this part of our journey.”
Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program, which includes hospice care, is a trusted source of information used by both medical professionals and consumers. The Joint Commission has accredited all 10 of Silverado’s hospice offices located across the western United States.