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Shasta Regional Medical Center Awarded Full Accreditation from the Joint Commission
Date:11/26/2008

REDDING, Calif., Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Shasta Regional Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval(TM). By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Shasta Regional Medical Center has been awarded its full accreditation.

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, initial on-site evaluation of Shasta Regional Medical Center on November 24th - November 25th, 2008. Following a rigorous survey, the Joint Commission awarded a full accreditation of the hospital in complying with the state-of-the-art patient care and safety standards established by the nation's leading healthcare accreditation agency.

"Shasta Regional Medical Center is creating new benchmarks for quality healthcare in a very short period under the management of Prime Healthcare Services," said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman of the Board, "We welcome the Joint Commissions' accreditation as a strong statement of our commitment and efforts in improving the patient care quality and safety," continued Dr. Prem Reddy, "We sincerely thank all the physicians, nurses and employees of Shasta Regional Medical Center for achieving this coveted recognition."

"Shasta Regional Medical Center's approval by the Joint Commission truly exemplifies the quality of the physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff that have persevered through an exceptionally tumultuous period of time," states Richard A. Martinez, M.D., Chief of Medical Staff for Shasta Regional Medical Center. "Change is always difficult but along with the commitment of Prime Healthcare, I hope to see the local community embrace Shasta Regional Medical Center with the knowledge that quality and safety remain our utmost priority."

"We as members of the community and as your physicians of Redding at Shasta Regional Medical Center are very delighted at the most recent results of this extensive Joint Commission survey as it serves as a validation of the excellent medical care delivered at Shasta Regional Medical Center," states Dr. Marcia McCampbell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Shasta Regional Medical Center. "We welcome our friends, neighbors, and colleagues to be a part of the future of Shasta Regional Medical Center, a strong hospital dedicated to community needs."

"We have set higher quality standards, improved operational efficiencies and invested millions of dollars in the state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure improvements at Shasta Regional Medical Center over the past months," says Philip Dionne, CEO of the hospital, "Full accreditation by the Joint Commission reassures the community that our organization provides the highest quality of patient care to the residents of Redding and communities Shasta. It is important to note that Shasta Regional Medical Center has not just passed this rigorous review once, but twice in the last two months. Our first survey was five weeks ago under the prior ownership, and now again with our new ownership we continue to achieve the Gold Seal of Approval(TM) from the Joint Commission."

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

For over 63 years, Shasta Regional Medical Center has been serving the communities of Redding and Shasta county. Shasta Regional Medical Center is a 246-bed acute care hospital, offering a full range of inpatient and outpatient services and is actively involved in improving its community's health with a full-range of services designed to meet the needs of the surrounding community. For more information visit www.shastaregional.com

Shasta Regional Medical Center an affiliate of Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. (PHS), which is a progressive, innovative and rapidly expanding hospital management company in California. PHS currently owns twelve acute care facilities in California, in addition to Shasta Regional Medical Center, it owns and operates Centinela Hospital Medical Center, in Inglewood, Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, Encino Hospital Medical Center in Encino, Garden Grove Hospital in Garden Grove, Huntington Beach Hospital in Huntington Beach, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital in La Palma, Montclair Hospital Medical Center in Montclair, San Dimas Community Hospital in San Dimas, Sherman Oaks Hospital and the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, and West Anaheim Medical Center in Anaheim, California, and Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California. For more information, please visit www.primehealthcare.com.


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