Baptist Health South Florida, South Miami Hospital

South Miami Hospital Awarded COPD Certification from The Joint Commission

December 9, 2020

joint commission goldSOUTH MIAMI, FL – December 9, 2020 – South Miami Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with national performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and high-quality patient care.

The certification recognizes healthcare organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for COPD. The Joint Commission evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

“Our team is extremely proud to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for our superior COPD care program,” said Miguel A. Gomez, director of Respiratory Services at South Miami Hospital. “With the right treatment plans, patients diagnosed with COPD can have a better quality of life. Our main goal is to teach patients to take care of themselves the best way possible to prevent them from having symptom flare-ups and avoid returning to the hospital.”

Bill Duquette, CEO of South Miami Hospital, added, “Achieving gold-level recognition is a reflection of the Respiratory Services team’s efforts and commitment to provide exceptional care through a comprehensive program that addresses the wide-ranging needs of COPD patients.”

South Miami Hospital’s Respiratory Services department underwent a rigorous onsite review to earn the certification. During the visit, the team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards, including delivering clinical care, managing program components and supporting patient self-management. The Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted observations and interviews.

“Gold-level certification by The Joint Commission recognizes healthcare organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Mark Pelletier, R.N., MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend South Miami Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for COPD patients.”

For more information, visit The Joint Commission website.

About South Miami Hospital
South Miami Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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