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A Closer Look at Joint Commission Nursing Care Center Standards:

EC.02.04.01- The organization manages medical equipment risks.

EC.02.04.03- The organization inspects, tests, and maintains medical equipment.

Medical equipment is a critical component of the resident care system in the skilled nursing industry. Residents and staff utilize medical equipment daily. For this reason, it is essential that each organization identifies all components of medical equipment inventory and completes preventative maintenance and appropriate testing.

The Joint Commission standards require each skilled nursing organization to complete tests and inspections prior to the use of medical equipment on an ongoing basis. In order to ensure the equipment continues to be safe for residents and staff, it must be maintained, inspected, and tested. Organizations must follow the equipment manufacturers’ guidelines to obtain the frequencies for inspecting, testing, and maintaining each piece of medical equipment.

Skilled nursing organizations are at risk for receiving Joint Commission follow-up survey recommendations when they are not able to show evidence of a comprehensive medical equipment inventory list or when there is not sufficient documentation to support required tests, inspections, and maintenance of all medical equipment. It is also essential that your organization has a quality control system to verify documentation by implementing documentation audits for medical equipment being properly maintained by any outside sources. Testing, inspecting, and maintaining medical equipment in the skilled nursing industry is essential in ensuring resident and staff safety. The attention to detail given to the medical equipment management program is vital in assuring quality of care for all residents at the organization.

Reference: The Joint Commission E-dition (

Sarah Ocasek, MA is a Senior Consultant at Achieve Accreditation. Achieve Accreditation has helped skilled nursing providers and assisted living organizations to obtain and maintain their Joint Commission Accreditation for over 30 years.

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Sarah Ocasek is a Senior Consultant celebrating an over thirteen-year career in the health care industry. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Community Counseling. Sarah has spent her past professional career in the senior living industry in advancing leadership roles. Her passions are person-centered care and relationship building. Sarah began working with Achieve Accreditation in 2013.

Sarah’s first job after college was in a nursing home, so her later transition to consulting in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities felt familiar to her.

“I have always enjoyed working in the nursing home industry, guiding others, and interacting with people, so my role as an Achieve Accreditation consultant has truly been a very fulfilling experience both professionally and personally,” Sarah said.

Sarah’s role at Achieve Accreditation has also taught her the importance of building strong interpersonal relationships.

“The trusting relationships I built with my clients fosters their willingness to make time in their busy work schedules to meet with me about Joint Commission accreditation readiness initiatives,” Sarah said.

Sarah’s clients speak very highly of her strong contributions to their safety and quality improvement programs.

“Sarah Ocasek is a terrific consultant for Achieve Accreditation, and she is always very helpful,” Citadel of Sterling Administrator Julie Logan said.

Achieve Accreditation Vice President Kristin Bratcher emphasized Sarah’s detail-oriented and thorough approach to her work.

“Sarah has strong relationship building skills and she is super supportive to her clients,” Kristin said. “Her outgoing and bubbly personality is a huge asset to our team and makes work more enjoyable for everyone around her.”

Outside of work, Sarah loves spending quality time with her family and friends. She is a fan of all genres of music and enjoys listening to live music whenever her schedule allows. One of Sarah’s bucket list items is to travel to another country. Sarah said the most important thing in her life is her family’s happiness.

Jessica Prucha, BAJ is the Operations Manager at Achieve Accreditation. Achieve Accreditation has helped skilled nursing providers and assisted living organizations to obtain and maintain their Joint Commission Accreditation for over 30 years.

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Gerrianne Hartman is a Senior Consultant and will soon celebrate her 27-year career anniversary in the senior living health care field. Person-centered care has always been a career passion for Gerrianne. Her professional background includes serving as a licensed nursing home administrator for 12 years. Gerrianne holds a master’s degree in Gerontology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She began working with Achieve Accreditation in 2008 and has been in her current role of Senior Consultant since 2015.

Gerrianne entered the field of Gerontology because she enjoys working with the elderly. Throughout her time working in senior living communities, she also developed a love for the dedicated staff.

“You meet some amazing people who have made it their life’s work and their mission to enhance the lives of older adults,” Gerrianne said. “In my consulting role I work directly with staff who, in turn, implement best practices that not only comply with Joint Commission standards but enhance the lives of their residents.”

Gerrianne’s favorite part of her role is offering her suggestions and resources to clients, making their lives easier and enhancing the quality of services provided to residents. Her clients appreciate her knowledgeable approach and dedication to continuous improvement.

Aperion Care Forest Park Administrator Martin Lee said, “Gerrianne is outstanding. She is thorough and communicative during survey preparation, survey and post-survey. She is always a pleasure!”

Achieve Accreditation Vice President Kristin Bratcher said Gerrianne is a vital asset to the team, as well as an informed resource to her clients.

"One quality that I love about Gerrianne is that she is passionate in everything she does,” Kristin said. “Gerrianne has a big heart and that shows in the respect she has from both her clients and colleagues."

Outside of work, Gerrianne spends most of her time taking her two children to and from their various activities. She enjoys seeing them practice activities they love, especially when they work hard and achieve their goals. In her free time, she also enjoys reading, yoga, playing the piano and hiking. Gerrianne hopes to travel to New Zealand and Australia one day, in addition to visiting all 63 national parks.

Jessica Prucha, BAJ is the Operations Manager at Achieve Accreditation. Achieve Accreditation has helped skilled nursing providers and assisted living organizations to obtain and maintain their Joint Commission Accreditation for over 30 years.