The Westerly Hospital has received full accreditation for three years from DNV Healthcare, a leading accreditor of U.S. Hospitals. The accreditation is based on a comprehensive onsite quality and patient safety survey conducted by DNV Healthcare in September 2012.
Authorized by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2008, DNV Healthcare’s hospital compliance program is the only program that integrates the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system model with Medicare’s Conditions of Participation, the core requirements for hospitals set forth by the federal government. ISO 9001 quality management system is recognized by businesses around the world as the benchmark for continual quality improvement. The Westerly Hospital did extremely well during the survey and expects to receive the designation of ISO 9001:2008 certification, which is more stringent than ISO 9001:2008 compliance. Once the final determination is made by DNV, The Westerly Hospital will be the first hospital in the state to receive this honored quality distinction.
Christopher Lehrach, MD, Westerly Hospital’s Chief Transformation Officer, indicated “While all hospitals must meet basic conditions for Medicare reimbursement, The Westerly Hospital has voluntarily chosen to pursue DNV compliance, which means that our hospital is now surveyed yearly vs. every three years. A DNV survey is more than just an audit. It is part of the hospital’s strategic business plan to ensure rigorous quality standards in all departments, evaluate our patient care, and take measured steps to improve if necessary. This took the effort of the entire hospital to get to this point, and we are very excited about the prospect of being ISO 9001:2008 certified.”