Medical City North Hills January 24, 2017

Medical City North Hills today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Management Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming response to infection that if not detected or treated rapidly, can result in organ failure and death, according to Dorie Murray, RN, Sepsis Coordinator at Medical City North Hills.

More than 258,000 lives are lost to sepsis it each, ranking it as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (after heart disease and cancer), according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Medical City North Hills underwent a rigorous on-site review as part of the certification process. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with sepsis-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.

"We are pleased to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Xavier Villarreal, CEO, Medical City North Hills. “This certification comes on the heels of receiving a 4-Star ranking from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) in the most recent Overall Hospital Quality Ratings report. We’re very proud of the certification.”

"Medical City North Hills has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with sepsis,” said Patrick Phelan, interim executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend them for becoming a leader in sepsis management.”