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Winchester House Earns Joint Commission Seal of Approval

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Joint Commission Gold Seal

Libertyville, IL – October 10, 2017 –  Winchester House earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation and specialty certification in Memory Care by demonstrating continuous compliance with The Commission’s performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care.

“Accreditation and certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, is one of several key steps toward improving care and enhancing services as we prepare to build a new Winchester House,” said Denise Norman, President of Transitional Care Management, managers of Winchester House.  

Following a vote in May of 2015 the Lake County Board selected Innovative Health and Transitional Care Management to lease, manage and eventually replace and relocate the 150-year old County-owned and operated skilled nursing facility.

Plans are currently underway for building a new state-of-the-art replacement for Winchester House at 850 East Route 45 in Mundelein. The new 93,000 square foot center includes long-term nursing care, memory care for people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and short-term, transitional care for guests who are recovering from surgery or need ongoing care following hospitalization.

Following a rigorous review, Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Winchester House’s compliance with nursing care center standards related to several areas, including coordination of care and staff education and training. Surveyors also conducted an unannounced and thorough on-site review of the quality and safety of care being provided and interviews with leaders and staff of the organization. The conclusion of the voluntary survey is validation of the Winchester House team’s work to continuously comply with The Joint Commission's nationally developed standards and commitment to continuous improvement and delivering safe, high quality care.

“Joint Commission accreditation and certification provides centers with a framework for the processes needed to improve the care patients and residents receive,” said Gina Zimmermann, MS, executive director, Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Winchester House for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

Established in 1966, The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program accredits more than 1,000 organizations that offer nursing home and other long term care services.