McCarrick Care Center Wins Joint Commission Accreditation


Sushmita Srivastav, M.D., geriatrician and medical director at the Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center in Somerset, examines Angelo Negri, a 92-year-old resident.
Photo: St. Peter’s University Medical Center.

The Margaret McLoughlin McCarrick Care Center on Dellwood Lane recently became one of only six nursing care centers in the state to be accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accrditor of health care institutions.

Joint Commission standards focus on “key patient-care processes that contribute to improved outcomes for all patients and residents in nursing facilities,” according to a release about the accreditation. “In addition, new standards have recently been added to address resident-centered care and the growing cultural transformation away from institutionalized care within the long-term-care industry. Joint Commission standards also require long-term-care facilities to collect data on performance improvements identified by leaders such as ‘the use of restraints, behavior management and treatment, quality control activities, significant medication errors, significant adverse drug reactions, and resident perception of the safety and quality of care, treatment and services.’ ”

“This accreditation signifies the highest levels of competency by our staff to deliver safe, high-quality rehabilitation and long-term care services  to our residents,” Jim Zauner, the center’s administrator, said in the release.

“Achieving this accreditation has validated our commitment to quality resident care,” Janet Patullo, the center’s nursing director, said in the release.  “Joint Commission standards emphasize clinical practice guidelines, which help organizations provide a consistent approach to care, reducing the risk of error. Our interdisciplinary approach and our combined team efforts truly shined.”

The Commission’s survey included interviews with staff at every level and conversations with patients.

The Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center is a 120-bed skilled nursing care facility with 30 of those beds reserved for short-term-stay patients undergoing skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services and the remaining 90 beds devoted to long-term-care residents. McCarrick offers a variety of residential services including on-site care in cardiology, pulmonology, pain management, and kidney management. The faith-based care center, affiliated with St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, is also staffed by an onsite medical director who is a physician/geriatrician.

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