Sepsis Accreditation from the Joint Commission

Thornton, Colo. (August 30, 2018)  – HealthONE’s North Suburban Medical Center had a successful Disease Specific Certification in Sepsis biennial survey by the The Joint Commission, making it the only Colorado hospital recognized for developing a sepsis program which provides quality care through the adherence to evidence based guidelines which enhance the treatment of Sepsis. This is the second time that North Suburban has received this accreditation.

“We know that Sepsis is a leading cause of death in hospitals, and we know that early intervention and having a well-trained staff is key to recognizing and treating the condition. We invest in developing guidelines for care, ensuring that our staff follows those guidelines and we constantly look for areas of improvement,” said Daphne David, Chief Executive Officer of North Suburban Medical Center. “We are honored to be the only Colorado hospital to receive this certification, and look forward to continuing to provide high-quality Sepsis care to those in need.”

North Suburban uses a number of guidelines and quality measurements in Sepsis Care including active measurement of responding to suspected Sepsis and starting antibiotics, how quickly symptoms or complications are treated, and ongoing staff training. 

As an HCA/HealthONE hospital, North Suburban has also employed new technology that actively monitors all patient labs and vitals in real time to aid in identifying patients at risk of developing Sepsis, which allows the clinical staff to provide timely treatment.

About Sepsis

  • Sepsis is a leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals, with over 250,000 deaths each year.
  • Sepsis is a life-threatening condition and can affect anyone of any age.
  • Quick medical treatment for Sepsis is key. Mortality increases rapidly for every hour that treatment is delayed.
  • Sepsis affects over 26 million people worldwide each year and is the largest killer of children – more than 5 million each year.


About North Suburban Medical Center

North Suburban Medical Center is the highest-quality hospital in north Denver. As a member of the HealthONE family of hospitals, North Suburban is one of just two hospitals in the state of Colorado to be named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures each of the last five years. In addition, North Suburban is the only hospital in north Denver to receive an “A” rating on the Leapfrog Group’s biannual patient safety ratings the last seven surveys. North Suburban has been honored by the Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best ERs and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. Licensed for 157 beds, North Suburban is located in Thornton, Colorado, a 10-minute drive from downtown Denver.

About HealthONE

HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees. As part of the HealthONE system of care, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care. In addition, our family of services includes seven hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, CareNow urgent care and occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region. And, as one of the top ten corporate philanthropists in the metro area, HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2016 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations.