Brookhaven Retreat Focuses on Safety Goals During Patient Safety Awareness Week

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Brookhaven Retreat, a unique residential treatment facility exclusively for women with mental health and/or substance abuse issues, spends Patient Safety Week reviewing its performance and safety goals.

During Patient Safety Week, which occurs on March 3-9, Brookhaven Retreat joins other organizations in the health care community in recognizing the importance of patient safety.

Patient safety is of critical importance in a mental health facility and helps create an environment in which women can recover from depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. During the week Brookhaven Retreat reviews its many safety initiatives and continues work ensuring compliance with the 2013 Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals and Focused Standards Assessment.

During March 4 and 5, Dr. Lynne Swisher visited Brookhaven Retreat. A member of its professional consulting team and certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Dr. Swisher attended its monthly Performance Improvement meeting. There, she reviewed previous improvement assignments and their outcomes and designed new policies and procedures for continued excellence.

In addition to reviewing safety procedures, Dr. Swisher also ensures continued compliance with Joint Commission standards. Joint Commission accreditation reflects the importance of patient safety and care at Brookhaven Retreat. The 2013 Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals, effective January 1, 2013, consist of four objectives: to identify patients correctly, use medicines safely, prevent infection and identify client safety risks. Compliance with all four safety goals is required for a successful triennial survey.

Brookhaven Retreat must also complete the new Joint Commission Focused Standards Assessment due April 1, 2013. This annual assessment, part of the Joint Commission’s accreditation program, identifies and reviews critical risk areas to undergo mandatory annual review. Specific improvements are identified in areas of critical concern to patient safety. Annual completion this assessment is necessary to maintain accreditation.

Brookhaven Retreat’s monthly performance improvement meetings evaluate procedures so that Joint Commission requirements and safety goals are met. Its extensive internal self-evaluation ensures continued compliance with standards that have earned it the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. This achievement demonstrates Brookhaven Retreat’s commitment to delivering highest standards of quality in patient safety and care.

When the safest possible environment is maintained, women receive the highest quality of care recovering from mental health and substance abuse issues. With this in mind, Brookhaven Retreat dedicates itself to continuing the rigorous safety standards of excellent care it upholds every day.

About Brookhaven Retreat
Brookhaven Retreat is a women's treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.

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