Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011
We are proud to announce The Lake Tahoe Surgery Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1998.
The Joint Commission's accreditation process concentrates on operational systems critical to the safety and
quality of patient care. To earn and maintain accreditation, an ambulatory care organization must undergo an
on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team every three years. The objective of the survey is not only
to evaluate the organization, but to provide education and guidance that will help staff continue to improve
the organization's performance. Surveys are conducted by professionals with at least five years of leadership
experience in an ambulatory care organization, and a strong educational background. Ambulatory care
surveyors have advanced medical or clinical degrees and receive continuing education to keep them up-todate on advances in quality-related performance evaluation. The survey process focuses on evaluating
actual care processes by tracing patients through the care, treatment and services they received. In addition
to these patient "tracers," surveyors conduct systems tracers to analyze key operational systems that directly
impact the quality and safety of patient care. Surveyors use pre-survey information, from the Priority Focus
Process, to conduct a more organization-specific and consistent survey.