Through evidence-based care, facility enhancements and staff education, TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion has earned The Joint Commission (TJC) certifications in dementia and violence prevention. Representatives from TJC spent several days in the Nashville facility reviewing processes and outcomes before awarding these rare certifications.
TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, Nashville’s largest and most established behavioral health hospital, is one of only three facilities in the country to be awarded TJC certification in dementia. The dementia program is a 24-bed geriatric unit with patients 65 years and older. The goal of the program is to maximize the patient’s level of functioning and enhance the safety and comfort of patients and families living with dementia. This is achieved through active treatment such as recreation, music and art therapy. An exercise physiologist compliments the team of physicians and nurses focusing on preventing functional decline and falls. Upgrades to the facility included slip resistant bathroom floors and illuminated ceiling screens that promote light and nature.
TJC also awarded TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion with a violence prevention certification for the adult inpatient program, the first of its kind for a behavioral health facility. This is the result of years of staff education and training that focuses on reducing seclusion rates and providing a safe environment for patients and staff. New policies and procedures were implemented to assess patients upon admission using a scale that helps identify any potential risks. A Behavioral Emergency Response Team was created and patient unit assignments were changed to co- mingle patients.
“This level of recognition by The Joint Commission is a testament of our behavioral health team’s unwavering commitment to providing the most advanced and compassionate care for our patients,” said Scott Cihak, CEO of TriStar Centennial Medical Center. “Our team is setting the standard in memory care and violence prevention for other behavioral health facilities to follow.”
“These certifications are the result of continued efforts to provide the latest treatment techniques with a caring, patient-centered focus,” said Allen Bartels, Chief Operating Officer of TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion. “Our goal is to treat every patient with dignity and to improve their quality of life as a patient and once they are discharged.”