Pediatric Home Service (PHS), St. Paul, Minn, earned the Joint Commission’s certificate of distinction in disease-specific care for its pediatric asthma program.
The Joint Commission’s disease-specific care certification program was launched in 2002 to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Organizations may seek certification for virtually any chronic disease or condition.

The PHS pediatric asthma program is the only US program independent of a hospital or health care organization with this Joint Commission certification. This is the fourth consecutive designation awarded to the program.

“We voluntarily pursue this comprehensive, independent evaluation because it’s another step in enhancing our care,” said Susan Wingert, chief executive officer of PHS in an announcement from the company. “Our staff members work closely to provide quality care to our patients and families. Earning this certificate also exemplifies our teamwork, and we all share pride in our accredited organization.”

Joint Commission surveyors evaluated the program to assess compliance with national standards and performance measurement expectations for the management of chronic care illnesses. The standards compliance evaluation includes program and performance management, safe patient care, clinical information management, supporting patient self-management, and delivering clinical care.