Mercy Health facilities are accredited by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission is the nation’s leading standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. They focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by healthcare organizations.
A Joint Commission survey is performed at each of our facilities once every three years by the Joint Commission and is used to evaluate our compliance with nationally established Joint Commission Standards. Accreditation is awarded to a healthcare organization that is in compliance with all standards at the time of the on-site survey or has successfully addressed requirements for improvement within 90 days of the survey. All Mercy Health facilities are Joint Commission accredited, that includes: St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in Youngstown, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital in Boardman and St. Joseph Warren Hospital in Warren.
The laboratory services of all Mercy Health facilities are accredited by The College of American Pathologists (CAP). The goal of laboratory accreditation is to improve the quality of services through voluntary participation, professional peer review, education and established performance standards. Upon successful completion of an inspection the laboratory is awarded CAP accreditation and becomes part of an exclusive group of laboratories worldwide to have met the highest standards of excellence.
The Mercy Health Blood Bank has also received accreditation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) , The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).
Cancer Center Accreditation
The cancer care services offered at Mercy Health facilities has received accreditation with Commendation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Standards. In addition, the Breast Care Center, MRI and Ultrasound services have received accreditation from the American College of Radiology.
Less than four percent of hospitals in the United States have achieved Magnet status; and even fewer are re-designated. In 2002, St. Elizabeth’s and St. Joseph’s were the first hospitals in Ohio to receive Magnet Recognition and among the first 100 hospitals in the nation to earn that honor. They also are the first hospitals in Ohio to achieve re-designation. Included in the Magnet re-designation are St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in Youngstown, St. Joseph Warren Hospital in Warren, St. Elizabeth emergency and diagnostic centers in Boardman and Austintown, and the St. Joseph Outpatient Surgery Center in Howland.
The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize health care organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies. According to the ANCC, Magnet designation is widely accepted as the gold standard of patient care. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes excellence and professionalism in nursing. Applicants undergo an extensive evaluation, and members who are awarded Magnet status must continue to maintain rigorous standards as part of their four-year designation. To reapply for and receive Magnet status for an additional four years is confirmation of the hospitals’ resolve to deliver the highest level of care in nursing today.
To find out more, visit the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Individual Hospital Accreditations
St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
The American College of Surgeons has verified St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital as a Level I Trauma Center. It is staffed and equipped to provide the highest level of trauma care, including on-site trauma surgeons 365 days a year, a complete operating team for trauma 24 hours a day, and dedicated trauma services. Continuous training, research, community and medical education are all components of the Level I verification.
Level I Trauma Center
St. Joseph Warren Hospital
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP)
St. Joseph Warren Hospital was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, recognized accreditation authority. It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the hospital’s quality and safety standards.