AHC Bethesda earns accreditation from The Joint Commission

Twenty-eight facilities awarded the Gold Seal of Approval for excellence in health care

FRANKLIN – American Health Partners today announced that AHC Bethesda in Cookeville is one of 28 American Health Communities (AHC) skilled nursing facilities that have received accreditation and earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission by meeting its rigorous performance standards for excellence in health care. The Gold Seal is only awarded to health care organizations who achieve the highest national benchmarks for patient safety and quality of care. The other newly accredited nursing homes in Middle Tennessee include: AHC Cumberland in Nashville; AHC Vanco in Goodlettsville; AHC Northside in Murfreesboro; AHC Mt. Juliet, and AHC Meadowbrook in Pulaski. The company’s skilled nursing facility in Huntsville, Ala., AHC Millennium, also earned Joint Commission accreditation. For a complete list of communities, please visit: AHCseniorcare.com/communities.

Each of these AHC communities underwent rigorous reviews of its practices by evaluators from The Joint Commission. Evaluators ensured that the skilled nursing facility met the highest quality standards in provision of care, treatment and services, as well as infection prevention and control, medication management and emergency procedures. 

“We’ve always been proud of our teams’ commitment to quality care, but it is even more gratifying when their accomplishments are recognized by a highly regarded independent organization like The Joint Commission,” said Michael Bailey, CEO of American Health Partners. “This accreditation is important to our residents and their families because it lets them know they can trust AHC to deliver great care today and in the future.”

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality assurance professionals and patients. They are backed by scientific literature and expert consensus as effective means to help health care organizations measure, assess and maintain continuous quality improvement.  

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission helps protect the public by working with health care organizations to identify opportunities to improve care and comply with its patient-centered performance standards,” said Nina Monroe, vice president of quality and clinical operations for American Health Partners. “AHC’s participation in this process shows our residents we are dedicated to quality and that they can count on us to deliver continuous improvements in patient care and safety.”

Currently, fewer than 20% of skilled nursing communities in Tennessee have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. In addition, two AHC communities received Memory Care Certification, the only memory care facilities in Tennessee to earn this accreditation, and AHC WTTC became one of just three facilities statewide to earn a Post-Acute Care Certification.  

“We have all faced a lot of challenges managing through the pandemic, and earning this prestigious accreditation from The Joint Commission gives us something to celebrate,” said Greg Haynes, vice president of operations for AHC. “I am grateful to be part of the AHC family and to have our staff and nursing leaders recognized for their hard work and commitment to excellence.” 

About American Health Communities (AHC)   

American Health Communities, a division of Franklin-based American Health Partners operates a network of 29 senior living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Tennessee and Alabama. AHC specializes in caring for seniors by providing a full range of short-term and long-term health care in a home-like environment. Twenty-eight AHC skilled nursing facilities* have achieved the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for meeting the highest national standards for safety and quality of care.  For more information, visit AHCseniorcare.com or call (615) 902-5200.  (*Visit AHCseniorcare.com/communities for a complete list.

About American Health Partners

American Health Partners provides a continuum of health care services for adults and seniors ranging from long-term support for daily living to short-term care focused on recovery, rehabilitation and comfort care. Operations in Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi include: 29 senior living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers; five psychiatric hospitals; home health and hospice offices serving 34 counties; and a long-term care pharmacy that serves more than 60 locations in three states. The organization also owns and operates Institutional Special Needs Plans (ISNPs), which provide Medicare services to individuals living in in nursing homes in Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Utah, Texas and Tennessee. Additional divisions provide rehabilitation services and care coordination for skilled nursing communities. American Health Partners is based in Franklin. For more information, visit AmHealthPartners.com or call (615) 902-5200.

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