Heartland Human Services Receives Accreditation


Published on June 27 2013 2:14 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Heartland Human Services, a behavioral health agency serving the Effingham region for over 40 years, recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in behavioral health care. 

Heartland underwent an on-site survey in March. A team of Joint Commission surveyors evaluated Heartland for compliance with standards of care specific to infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. 

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Heartland Human Services has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for the people they serve," says Mary Cesare-Murphy, Ph.D., director of behavioral health care accreditation at The Joint Commission. 

The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards address important functions relating to the care of individuals served and the management of behavioral health care organizations. The standards are developed in consultation with behavioral health care experts, providers, measurement experts, individuals served and their families. 

“We are pleased to be able to offer the Effingham region quality health services of this caliber,” added Jeff Bloemker, executive director at Heartland.  “We feel this is an important credibility measure for our agency as we move into the world of integrated healthcare.” 

More information about Heartland can be found at www.heartlandhs.org or by calling 217-347-7179.