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The Elizabeth Hospice Awarded Gold Seal of Approval® for Community-Based Palliative Care from The Joint Commission


The Elizabeth Hospice has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Community-Based Palliative Care. The certification demonstrates The Elizabeth Hospice’s focus on elevating its quality and safety of services for patients and their families who receive palliative care in their home or primary place of residence.
Palliative care provides physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual support to individuals with serious illnesses in their place of residence. To receive the certification, The Elizabeth Hospice underwent a rigorous onsite review. During the review, Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with key certification requirements, including:

  • A robust, interdisciplinary team comprised of physicians, nurses, and social workers
  • Comprehensive plans of care customized to meet the unique needs of each patient and family
  • 24/7 on-call services as needed
  • A defined process to efficiently and effectively transition care and services between health care professionals

“We applaud The Elizabeth Hospice for achieving this rigorous certification in an effort to improve patient safety and quality of care for palliative care patients in their homes,” said Margherita Labson, RN, MSHSA, CPHQ, executive director, Home Care Accreditation, The Joint Commission. “This certification will help The Elizabeth Hospice further enhance the way it designs and delivers patient-centered care and services.”

“The Elizabeth Hospice is thrilled to receive Community-Based Palliative Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Jan Jones, president and CEO of The Elizabeth Hospice. “As the need for palliative care services continues to grow, this certification demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of care to the people of San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County .”
The Elizabeth Hospice was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval for its hospice program from The Joint Commission in 2018. For more information about The Elizabeth Hospice palliative care program and hospice care for adults and children, call 800-797-2050.

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 accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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
The Elizabeth Hospice
The Elizabeth Hospice, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit healthcare leader, has been providing comfort and counsel to children and adults faced with the challenges associated with a life-threatening illness, and restoring hope to grieving children and adults who are feeling lost and alone. Since 1978, The Elizabeth Hospice has touched the lives of more than 100,000 people in the communities it serves by providing medical, emotional and spiritual support, regardless of patient affiliation or ability to pay. The Elizabeth Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. To learn more, call 800-797-2050 or visit

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