(NORWALK, CA – August 14, 2014) — Coast Plaza Hospital (CPH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes CPH’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

In May, CPH underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the facility for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In maintaining Joint Commission accreditation, Coast Plaza Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., Chief Operating Officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend the Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our hospital to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Richard Rowe, Pharm.D., CPH’s Chief Executive Officer. “Achieving Joint Commission re-accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

Edward Mirzabegian, Corporate Chief Executive Officer of Avanti Hospitals, noted that this achievement was the result of dedication and teamwork throughout the organization. “Earning the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® is a tribute to the entire team at Coast Plaza Hospital, and a validation of our efforts to deliver skilled and compassionate care to the members of the communities we serve,” he said. “I’d like to personally congratulate Mr. Rowe and the CPH leadership team on this achievement.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

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 evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 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. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About Avanti Hospitals
The Avanti Hospitals, LLC system consists of four acute care community hospitals in south eastern Los Angeles, California: 172-bed Memorial Hospital of Gardena, 127-bed East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, 117-bed Coast Plaza Hospital, and 81-bed Community Hospital of Huntington Park. Avanti’s mission is to continue their hospitals’ longstanding tradition of improving the overall health of the communities they serve by providing affordable, high-quality healthcare services with consistency and compassion. For more information, visit Avanti online at www.avantihospitals.com.

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