Six hospitals have received conditional accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
The commission gave the probationary accreditations in decisions made between Nov. 20, 1993, and Jan. 14 of this year. The accrediting group released the names of the hospitals last week.
Conditional status is given when the accreditation process identifies several areas that require close monitoring. Organizations are given time to develop a corrective plan and be surveyed again, usually in six months, after which they're either accredited or they lose accreditation.
The conditionally accredited hospitals are: Arbor Hospital of Greater Indianapolis, an 80-bed psychiatric facility; 72-bed Madera (Calif.) Community Hospital; 49-bed Palo Duro Hospital, Canyon, Texas; 355-bed Tinley Park (Ill.) Mental Health Center; 39-bed Fish Memorial Hospital, DeLand, Fla.; and 138-bed Oak Valley District Hospital, Oakdale, Calif.
Fish Memorial and Oak Valley were put on the probationary status after getting two chances to fix more serious problems, called "type I recommendations," and didn't resolve them, according to the Joint Commission report.
The commission denied accreditation to one home-care agency, Option Care of Jonesville (N.D.), and conditionally accredited five others. It also gave conditional accreditation to two mental-health facilities.