[Covington, LA, 4/6/12]
Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital announces that is has once again 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.
"Fairway Medical has received accreditation From DNV Health Care based on the NIAHO standards, says David Guzan, CEO of Fairway Medical. "NIAHOSM is the first new CMS-approved accreditation program in more than 40 years, and is the first ever to integrate hospital accreditation with ISO 9001. NIAHOSM is designed from the ground up to drive quality transformation into the core processes of running a hospital and propels an organization toward continual improvement. The ability to integrate the ISO 9001 quality management system with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward.
DNV hospital accreditation addresses the demands of quality-driven 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 Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital.
"DNV is very thorough and it doesn't feel like an inspection. We see collaboration, says Guzan. "The DNV program helps us find opportunities throughout the organization to improve every day. This is a welcomed change and is more consistent with our
long-term commitment to patient safety and total quality. We now look upon accreditation as a strategic business tool and as source of empowerment for our staff. The DNV program keeps us moving forward.
Being accredited allows Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital to receive reimbursement for its patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid. 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. Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital received DNV accreditation in January 2009 and was the first hospital in Louisiana to do so. There are now ten Louisiana hospitals with DNV accreditation. Fairway Medical is surveyed annually to ensure compliance of CMS conditions for participation. In their most recent survey, November 2011, they were also surveyed for compliance with the ISO 9001 standards. They are excited to receive the results from this survey and if found compliant with the ISO 9001 standards, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital will become the first ISO certified hospital in Louisiana. About Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital
Conveniently located in St. Tammany parish, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital is a physician-owned and physician-managed hospital with 21 private, inpatient beds. Founded in 2000, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital now has more than 130 physicians on staff that delivers a level of personalized service that redefines the standards of health care. Fairway's success has been built on a high standard for patient care and attention to customer service. For more information about Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital, please visit us on the web at www.fairwaymedical.com. "Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ Fairway_Medical.About DNV Healthcare
DNV Healthcare Inc. is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Det Norske Veritas, a global independent foundation dedicated to safeguarding life, property and the environment. For more information about DNV Healthcare and its NIAHOR hospital accreditation program, visit http://www.dnvaccreditation.com