South Miami Hospital

The Joint Commission Awarded South Miami Hospital The Gold Seal Of Approval®

May 31, 2018

This is the only organization in Florida to receive this honor in both prematurity and pre-term labor


The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalMIAMI – May 23, 2018 – South Miami Hospital’s Center for Women & Infants has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Prematurity and Pre-term Labor Certification for the third time since 2013. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. South Miami Hospital is the only organization in the State of Florida, and one of few in the nation, to earn both designations.

While carrying out a rigorous on-site review at South Miami Hospital, Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with prematurity- and pre-term labor-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures were also assessed.

Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

• Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
• Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
• An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

“We are truly honored to receive these designations for the third time,” said Jorge Perez, M.D., president of the medical staff and chairman for the Center for Women & Infants at South Miami Hospital. “It brings us great pride to be able to provide high-quality, personalized care for our deserving patients.”

South Miami Hospital was the sixth hospital in the U.S. to earn The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Pre-term Labor and the ninth hospital in the U.S. to earn The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Prematurity.

About South Miami Hospital
South Miami Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 10 hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has more than 19,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida 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 at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at


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