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Gilchrist program gets 3-year accreditation

Gilchrist announced Wednesday its Palliative Care program has been awarded certification for three years by the accrediting body Community Health Accreditation Partner Inc. (CHAP).

Gilchrist’s palliative program is believed to be the first such program in the tristate region to receive CHAP certification.

CHAP certification was conferred after a rigorous site visit by CHAP surveyors the week of Dec. 6, 2021. The site visit included a review of policy and procedures, documentation of patient and family care and coordination, and interviews with staff members, patients and families.

The CHAP surveyors noted a high level of care integration and standardization within Gilchrist. For example, they observed an interdisciplinary team meeting where every discipline participated in the conversation and the care plan included each team member’s input.

This integrated approach ensures the best care plan for patients and families. The surveyors also noted that, during a full-scale pandemic, Gilchrist brought a palliative care program into the community that met national standards.

CHAP is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965, CHAP is the oldest national community-based accrediting body, with more than 9,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide.