SEARHC's Mount Edgecumbe Hospital earned a score of 91 out of a possible 100 from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
"We were very pleased to get the 91," said Frank Sutton, vice president for hospital services. "Currently, many hospitals under the guidelines of this year are scoring around 80."
Scores were down on average by about 10 points for all acute care hospitals under the new scoring system, he said.
The joint commission is the nation's leading hospital accreditation organization, composed of representatives from such groups as the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Hospital Association.
The joint commission surveys health care facilities every three years for accreditation renewal, Sutton said, by reviewing all aspects of the acute care facility.
"They go everywhere: outpatient, surgery, laundry, the boiler room," Sutton said.
The hospital received accreditation three years ago, and accreditation with commendation in 1992 and 1995. Sutton said the Joint Commission has changed its designations, and no longer has "accreditation with commendation."
Sutton said he believes the key to Mount Edgecumbe Hospital's high score is keeping current on technology and skills. The credit goes to all departments, he said. "When you merit this, you're doing a pretty good job. It takes a team to make this happen."