Newswise — Neptune, NJ – January 22, 2014 – Jersey Shore University Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its inpatient diabetes care program by providing the best care available for patients with diabetes, and successfully meeting The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety. Jersey Shore is the first hospital in the central New Jersey region to receive the accreditation, a testament to the quality of Jersey Shore’s comprehensive approach towards inpatient diabetes care.

The certification award recognizes Jersey Shore’s dedication to The Joint Commission’s standards. Jersey Shore underwent a rigorous on-site review in November 2013, when a team of Joint Commission expert reviewers evaluated Jersey Shore for compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as inpatient diabetes care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care, developed in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), provides standards related to: • Staff education requirements• Written blood glucose monitoring protocols• Plans for the treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia• Data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia• Patient education on self-management of diabetes• An identified program champion or program champion team

“The Joint Commission recognition affirms that Jersey Shore is committed to providing comprehensive inpatient diabetes care – including education and tailored treatment plans – to help patients successfully manage this chronic disease,” says Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, President, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “The diabetes rate in Monmouth and Ocean Counties is higher than the national average, and Jersey Shore is dedicated to delivering the most beneficial diabetes care available to our community.”

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Jersey Shore has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diabetes,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Jersey Shore for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, nerve surgery and women’s specialty services. Through the hospital’s clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit