The Oaks – Scenic View earns national accreditation

The Oaks – Scenic View in Baldwin has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Nursing Care Center Accreditation. To become accredited, the facility had to demonstrate compliance with TJC performance standards.

The skilled nursing home underwent a rigorous, onsite review, according to a news release from Norcross-based PruittHealth which owns The Oaks. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Nursing Care Center standards. They rated the nursing home in several areas including environment of care, infection prevention and control, medication management, and rights and responsibilities of the individual.

“This accreditation is just one way in which The Oaks – Scenic View has proven their commitment to an ongoing and concentrated focus on patient-centered care,” PruittHealth Chairman and CEO Neil Pruitt, Jr. says.

The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The commission uses scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend PruittHealth for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

An ongoing effort

PruittHealth announced earlier this year that all 91 of its skilled nursing facilities in the Southeast would be required to undergo Joint Commission Nursing Care Center Accreditation. Its Georgia facilities are undergoing accreditation this year. Facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina will follow.

“We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure quality of care is ingrained in our culture,” says Pruitt. “Everyone who works at PruittHealth is Committed to Caring and this commitment means we strive to provide safe, quality care that patients deserve and expect.”

In March, the Norcross-based provider detailed its plans to “double down” on home health and renovate its facilities to add more private rooms as it prepares for the post-pandemic future, Skilled Nursing News reports. The company is working to recover from a year that saw a $137 million decline in revenue and a spike in home health patients even as its skilled nursing facility census dropped.

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