Richards Memorial earns new accreditation

Richards Memorial Hospital announced last week that is has achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the newest and first Medicare-approved hospital accreditation program that integrates the ISO 9001 quality management system with the Medicare hospital standards and which requires the organization to evaluate the continuum of patient care throughout an entire healthcare system and take measured steps to improve when it is warranted.

“ The DNV program is more consistent with our long-term commitment to patient safety and total quality,” RMH CEO Jeff Madison said.

DNV hospital accreditation addresses the demands of qualitydriven hospitals that are dedicated to patient-centered care. As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors track the care of patients across various departments and facilities of Richards Memorial Hospital.

“It’s a much more holistic system” Madison said. “DNV is very thorough and it doesn’t feel like an inspection. We see collaboration. The DNV program helps us find opportunities throughout the organization to improve every day. This is a welcomed change. We now look upon accreditation as a strategic business tool and as a source of empowerment for our staff. The DNV program keeps us moving forward.”

The DNV accreditation program was authorized by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2008 and is the only program that integrates the ISO quality management system with Medicare’s Conditions of Participation, the core requirements for hospitals set forth by the federal government. Richards Memorial Hospital will have three years to become compliant with the ISO 9001:2008 standards in order to maintain its accreditation with DNV.


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