The Joint Commission International, or JCI, announced its accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Health Care.
In a written statement, the JCI said it chose to pursue ISQua accreditation because it provides confidence and credibility through formal worldwide recognition that an organization meets international standards specifically developed and tested for healthcare external evaluation bodies. In addition, it involves an impartial and independent review system, the JCI stated.
Im proud to announce JCIs accreditation by ISQua. It demonstrates the dedication and commitment of our board, staff and surveyors to improving healthcare quality and safety through the process of accreditation, and it allows us to provide external validation of this commitment to our clients, said Karen Timmons, chief executive officer of the JCI, in a written statement.
Because the JCIs major growth areas have been in Mideastern and Asian countries, and ISQuas sponsors are mainly in the European community, its possible that this accreditation may bring more business to the JCI in European markets, said Ruth Elzer, practice leader for accreditation with the Compass Group, a consulting company in Cincinnati that addresses the requirements of Joint Commission standards. However, Only time will tell if ISQua represents the gold standard for international accrediting organizations, Elzer said.
ISQua, an accreditor of healthcare accrediting bodies, is an independent not-for-profit organization with members in more than 70 countries. JCI is a division of Joint Commission Resources, a private, not-for-profit affiliate of the Joint Commission. Since 1999, the JCI has accredited more than 140 hospitals in 27 countries. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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