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Commonwealth Health Corporation Earns Accreditation with Distinction from American Nurses Credentialing Center


Doris Thomas, Vice President

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 2, 2013) – Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC), parent company of The Medical Center, has achieved Accreditation with Distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. This highest recognition awarded by the ANCC Accreditation Program is granted to CHC for four years, February 2013 through March 2017.

ANCC Accreditation distinguishes organizations that demonstrate quality and excellence in the curriculum design and delivery of continuing nursing education (CNE). Accredited organizations, like CHC, meet comprehensive, evidence-based criteria to ensure CNE activities are effectively planned, implemented and evaluated.

Only organizations that demonstrate zero deficiencies requiring a progress report achieve Accreditation with Distinction. As of September 2012, less than 10% of all ANCC-accredited organizations achieve this honor.

“We are proud to be recognized by ANCC for our commitment to continuous improvement and the highest quality continuing education for nurses,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of CHC. “Nurses throughout Southcentral Kentucky have access to the highest caliber of education to meet their certification or licensure requirements, which in turn contributes to improved healthcare outcomes for patients in this region.”

ANCC Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of continuing nursing education, making it worthy of public confidence. Accrediting organizations, like ANCC, assess providers of continuing nursing education to ensure they meet rigorous global standards established by ANCC.

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