McCarrick Care Center earns Joint Commission accreditation

May 29, 2014

McCarrick Care Center earns Joint Commission accreditation

One of only 6 nursing homes in N.J. to earn designation


 SOMERSET, N.J. - The Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center has received Nursing Care Center accreditation following a successful site survey conducted in April by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America.

McCarrick Care Center is now one of only six nursing care centers in all of New Jersey to earn this accreditation. There are 369 nursing care centers in the Garden State.

Joint Commission standards focus on key patient-care processes that contribute to improved outcomes for all patients and residents in nursing facilities. 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,” said Jim Zauner, administrator of the McCarrick Care Center.

“Achieving this accreditation has validated our commitment to quality resident care,” Director of Nursing Janet Patullo added.  “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 Joint Commission survey encompassed interviews with staff at every level as well as conversations with patients. Final comments by The Joint Commission surveyor included:


"I have never seen such dedication and collaboration among all staff members."

"Your staff really knows their  residents."

"Staff members are engaged and forthcoming."

“Your communication style is one of high reliability."

The Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center is a 120-bed skilled nursing care facility in Somerset. Among its services, 30 of those beds are reserved for short-term-stay patients undergoing skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services; the remaining 90 beds are 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 is also staffed by an onsite medical director who is a physician/geriatrician.  


About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; and Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corporation, which oversees the system’s outpatient facilities. These include the CARES Surgicenter; New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab; the Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center Inc., a residential skilled nursing facility in Somerset; and Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

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