The University of Arizona Medical Center – Diamond Children’s is the first pediatric medical center in Arizona to be awarded the prestigious, Joint Commission “Gold Seal of Approval®” for its Pediatric Asthma Program.
In achieving Joint Commission disease-specific certification, Diamond Children’s has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest level of care for its patients with asthma. It is one of only nine programs in the U.S. to receive this designation.
“We are committed to providing the best care possible for our children with asthma to help them get better and stay healthy,” said Deepti Deshpande, MD, assistant professor, and medical director of the pediatric asthma program. “From entering our pediatric ER, to hospitalization on the pediatric floors and pediatric intensive care unit, we strive to deliver evidence-based and optimal quality care in a family-centered environment.”
The Pediatric Asthma Program at Diamond Children’s underwent a rigorous on-site review. A Joint Commission expert evaluated Diamond Children’s for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including asthma specific care, pediatric asthma quality measures, leadership and medication management.
"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality,” said Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, physician-in-chief for Diamond Children’s. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in asthma care is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide to our pediatric patients.”
“Our dedicated physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, nutritionists, case managers, data analysts and other ancillary staff highlight the tremendous multi-disciplinary teamwork required to provide the best care to our children with asthma,” said Dr. Deshpande. The multi-disciplinary program includes physicians from the areas of pediatrics, pediatric hospital medicine, pediatric intensive care, pediatric pulmonary medicine, family medicine and emergency medicine. “It takes committed individuals from all of these areas to successfully manage children with asthma and contribute to the success of our program,” said Dr. Deshpande.
“This demonstrates that the Diamond Children’s asthma team worked very hard to improve the care of our patients,” said Wayne Morgan, MD, professor and section chief of pulmonology, allergy and immunology, in the UA Department of Pediatrics. “The real reward is that children with asthma will live healthier lives.”