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Inspectors are in the house
Joint Commission surveyors are at Mary Washington Hospital this week for the hospital’s regular accreditation survey. The inspectors arrived at the hospital unannounced on Tuesday and will be in the area through tomorrow. The survey team includes doctors, nurses and administrators. Inspections are usually done every three years.
While here, the survey team will walk the halls, examine patient records and talk to the staff. It will inspect the Fredericksburg hospital, as well as some of its satellite facilities, such as the Cancer Center of Virginia and the Freestanding Emergency Department at Lee’s Hill. Hospital managers will have an exit interview with the surveyors tomorrow but won’t receive their official report for several weeks, said Kathleen Allenbaugh, hospital spokeswoman.
Mary Washington was accredited by the Joint Commission after its last survey in June 2007. Accreditation means that the hospital is in compliance with Joint Commission standards. The Joint Commission is a private, nonprofit organization, based in Chicago. It surveys more than 4,250 hospitals nationwide, and its accreditation is often a must for hospitals that seek state licensing or participation in government insurance programs.
The web page for the Joint Commission’s Quality Check program can be found here. To check on Mary Washington, type its name in the search box.