The Joint Commission and White Glove Inspections

Judge looking down on Mr. ToadLast week the Joint Commission came to town, which is sort of the polar opposite of Santa Claus coming to town and was the reason Alan absolutely had to be at work every day, blizzard or no blizzard. judgeI’d never even heard of the Joint Commission until the last decade, but it’s the accrediting agency for more than 20,000 health care organizations in the U.S., including the hospital where Alan serves as CMO. Santa's Christmas ListUnlike Santa, the Joint Commission’s visit comes as a surprise on an unpredictable date so that all has to be in ready as of last August until???
Rather than leaving Santa a gift list or Santa’s leaving gifts in the stockings of good employees, Grinch looking for a crumb the Joint Commission surveys every aspect of hospital care, searching in the crooks and crannies of the hospital for any crumb of disarray and leaving behind an exacting list of what needs to be perfected. Inspecting for dirtIt reminds me of the “White Glove Inspections” we used to have at my Alma mater. Before the Thanksgiving festivities, our dorm rooms were inspected and had to be spit spot, spit polished and so clean the supervisor could run her white-gloved hand along any crevice and not find dust. (That’s a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture.) We won’t know the final outcome from the week-long Joint Commission survey for 10 days, but Alan felt hopeful that things went very well. If so, the prize will be accreditation for 3 more years…a worthy reward, and essential for the continuance of the hospital as we know it!! The Bible as our lightI was caught by this comment from Wikipedia: “Preparing for a Joint Commission survey can be a challenging process for any healthcare provider. At a minimum, a hospital must be completely familiar with the current standards, examine current processes, policies and procedures relative to the standards and prepare to improve any areas that are not currently in compliance with.” The parallels with Santa coming to town, Mr. Toad in court, and the Grinch are all in fun, but there are sincerely compelling parallels for us as humans. On an unexpected and unknown day, we will each stand before God to give an account for our lives. In order to be prepared, I believe we  should “be completely familiar with the current standards, examine current processes, policies and procedures relative to the standards and prepare to improve any areas that are not currently in compliance with.” God has given us the Bible as our standard. Are we daily familiarizing ourselves with the guidelines, examining our processes, and improving in any areas where we aren’t in compliance with scriptural standards? I pray that we either are or will!!

Bible. John 6.29“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).

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