I just wanted to take a few minutes to bring you up to speed on a very
exciting new project that hospital personnel will be pursuing starting
A committee made up of HGH’s management team, Vice Chief of Staff
Len Perkinson, nurse anesthetist Mark Reyka and board trustee Richard
Cook will be working on accreditation for Humboldt General Hospital.
This is basically an independent third party that evaluates hospitals to
assure that the hospital is embracing “best practices” throughout
This is a project that the management team (comprised primarily of HGH
Chief Nursing Officer Darlene Bryan, HGH Administrative Director Pat Songer
and myself) have discussed in the recent past. However, the timing was
never right to move ahead—until now.
Not only is the time right, and we are excited, but we also have a champion
on the board. Trustee Richard Cook brought the idea forward at the most
recent board meeting and recommended that we pursue accreditation. I want
to thank Mr. Cook for his leadership regarding this process.
There are several organizations that do accreditation; however, the Joint
Commission on Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (recently changed
to JC) is the gold standard, as Mr. Cook correctly pointed out at the
board meeting. The committee will review the various alternatives and
make a recommendation to the board by the end of September.
I just wanted to send a big “Thank You” to Mr. Cook for his
leadership on this issue! If you have any questions, please feel free
to contact me.
--Jim Parrish, CEO, Humboldt General Hospital