Surveyors from the Joint Commission visited Keck Hospital of USC and Keck Medicine of USC ambulatory clinics earlier this month, meeting with staff and reviewing policies to ensure health care facilities adhere to the highest quality of safe patient care.

The surveyors were consistently impressed during their visit, said Rod Hanners, CEO, Keck Medical Center of USC and COO, Keck Medicine of USC.

“The surveyor team commented that in their more than 60 years of combined experience, none have ever experienced a day with no findings,” Hanners said. “This is a major accomplishment.”

Joint Commission surveys are data-driven, patient centered and focused on continuous improvement in an environment that supports safe, high-quality care. The unannounced visits usually happen every three years.

During the three-day visit to Keck Medicine facilities, the five surveyors met with physicians, nurses, staff and hospital leaders, observed procedures, toured facilities and patient care areas, and reviewed standards to ensure quality, safety and efficiency across the hospital and clinics.

The Joint Commission is a national nonprofit responsible for accrediting thousands of health care facilities across the U.S. Accreditation from the Joint Commission is based on a strict set of guidelines.

Joint Commission surveyors are expected to visit USC Norris Cancer Hospital in the next few weeks.

— Douglas Morino