Monroe County Hospital, Navicent Health Partner, Receives New Quality-Based Accreditation from DNV GL

Monroe County Hospital, Navicent Health Partner is pleased to announce the successful completion of its new accreditation process from DNV GL - Healthcare, an international partner for safer healthcare, providing hospital accreditation and clinical excellence certification

By earning accreditation, Monroe County Hospital has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards (Conditions of Participation) set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

“The DNV GL program is consistent with our long-term commitment to quality and patient safety, ensuring that our hospital adheres to the highest quality standards, and continually seeks to raise the bar. The ability to integrate ISO 9001 quality standards with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward in successfully addressing the healthcare needs of this community,” said Lorraine Smith, CEO of Monroe County Hospital.

“Navicent Health has been accredited by DNV GL since 2013, and have found this accreditation system to be advantageous as we pursue excellence in patient safety and healthcare delivery. We are so pleased that our partners at Monroe County Hospital have achieved DNV GL accreditation in such a short time frame. This is no small feat, and is a testament to their diligence and commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Navicent Health.

Monroe County Hospital has three years from the date of its accreditation to achieve compliance with ISO 9001, the world’s most trusted quality management system used by performance-driven organizations around the world to advance their quality and sustainability objectives.

“We have taken an entirely different approach to accreditation, and hospitals are really responding. Since accreditation is a must-have credential for just about every hospital in this country, why not make it more valuable, and get more out of it? That’s where ISO 9001 comes into play, and turns the typical get-your-ticket-punched accreditation exercise into a quality transformation,” said DNV GL - Healthcare CEO Patrick Horine.

DNV GL’s accreditation program, called NIAHO® (Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), involves annual hospital surveys and encourages hospitals to openly share information across departments and to discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols. For more information on DNV GL and its accreditation program, please visit www.dnvglhealthcare.com.

About DNV GL - Healthcare

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body. We help businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services. Within healthcare, we help our customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, managing infection risk, management system certification and training.

The DNV GL Group operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener. For more information about DNV GL hospital accreditation, visit www.dnvglhealthcare.com.

About Navicent Health

Navicent Health was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Navicent Health has 970 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospital; Navicent Health Baldwin and Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health, both rural hospitals; Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Navicent Health, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, the area’s first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Navicent Health; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.


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