The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) conducted a series of surveys of Weems Memorial Hospital in Apalachicola beginning on Feb. 11.

AHCA, the state agency that determines whether hospitals and other health care facilities meet the conditions of participation for Medicare and Medicaid, first surveyed Weems in Sept. 2012. This month’s visit was a follow up to that survey.

The hospital is pleased to announce that the one outstanding deficiency from the September visit was removed as the result of the follow-up. In fact, according to Craig Gibson, director of support services at Weems, the surveyors commented that “the kitchen was the cleanest they had seen.” The surveyors were also complimentary on the performance of the dietary staff, the registered dietician, and Gibson in assuring the dietary department met the standards for providing quality food services to the patients.

During the three-day visit, AHCA also performed a state and federal survey to assure the hospital was meeting all conditions of participation.

“We are very proud that no deficiencies were found as a result of the recent survey,” said Ray Brownsworth, Weems CEO. “It is very seldom in today’s regulatory world that such a milestone is achieved. This speaks highly of the hospital, its staff and providers in providing high-quality patient care and exceptional service. Our hospital is definitely something the community can be proud of. We are blessed to have it here.”

On Friday, Feb. 15, the hospital celebrated the accomplishment with cake and refreshments for staff.