SMH Earns Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education

SMH Earns Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

SARASOTA, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2019) – The governing bodies of three professional associations dedicated to promoting healthcare excellence recognized Sarasota Memorial Hospital for its commitment to providing collaborative, lifelong learning opportunities to its physicians, nurses and pharmacists.

SMH is the first hospital in Florida — and among a growing number of academic medical centers across the nation — to receive Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The designation signifies a national shift toward emphasizing team-based learning and continuing education programs that allow physicians and clinicians from multiple disciplines to learn with, from and about each other in an effort to provide the highest-quality care. Previously, SMH offered separate, traditional continuing education programs specific to each discipline.

“We don’t operate in a vacuum. We rely on a team to care for our patients,” explained Sarasota Vascular Surgeon Deepak Nair, MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s continuing medical education program. “Providing joint education programs allows our physicians, nurses and pharmacists to interact and learn about new developments and protocols together, which leads to multi-disciplinary collaboration and better patient care and outcomes.”

SMH was granted Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education for a four-year term, through November 2022. Earning the accreditation puts the hospital among other top academic centers — including Duke University Health System and Mayo Clinic — that recognize multi-disciplinary education and collaborative care as a critical component of healthcare quality and improvement. 

“The Joint accreditors commend you for your vision and leadership in lifelong learning and for your achievement of accreditation, which helps to ensure high-quality, interprofessional continuing healthcare education,” the ACCME, ACPE and ANCC chief executives noted in SMH’s award letter.

SMH’s Interprofessional Continuing Education Committee — led by Dr. Nair; Mary Pat McNicholas, BA; Amy Giovino, PharmD; Dave Jungst, PharmD; Jessica DePaulo, MSN, RN, CCRN; and Lisa Baumgardner, DNP, CNS — oversees the program. The committee’s initial focus includes Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing, with plans to incorporate additional disciplines in the future. 

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 839-bed, acute-care hospital is consistently recognized among the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services – from urgent care, trauma and emergency services to laboratory and diagnostic imaging, home health, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. SMH is the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality rating since the evaluation system launched in 2016.


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