The first to achieve accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI) - Wednesday, January 12, 2011
New Mowasat Hospital has earned accreditation from Joint Commission International, the worldwide leader in improving the quality of health care.
Joint Commission International’s on-site evaluation of New Mowasat Hospital occurred in November, 2010 and was conducted by a team of international health care experts, including a doctor, nurse and administrator.
“Health care organizations around the world want to create environments that focus on quality, safety and continuous improvement,” says Ann Jacobson, Chief Executive Officer, Joint Commission International. “Accreditation meets this demand by stimulating continuous, systematic improvements in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of patient care. Kuwait should be proud that New Mowasat Hospital has made a commitment to quality and safety.”
“We sought accreditation because we want to provide the best care possible for our patients,” says Christopher Booher, Hospital Administrator. “Earning accreditation from Joint Commission International is another step toward excellence in patient care.”
Mr. Booher notes that accreditation is attainable only through collaboration among all organization staff members. “Providing high quality care is a team effort and one that gives employees a feeling of prestige to work in an accredited organization.”
Joint Commission International is dedicated to improving the quality of health care through voluntary accreditation. Joint Commission International’s uniform, high standards for patient care and safety are designed to be adaptable to local needs, thus accommodating legal, religious and cultural factors within a country.
Standards focus on the areas that most directly impact patient care. These include access to care, assessment of patients, infection control, patient and family rights, and education. Standards also address facility management and safety, staff qualifications, quality improvement, organizational leadership, and management of information.
Mr. Booher noted further that New Mowasat Hospital was the first hospital in Kuwait to be awarded accreditation by the Joint Commission International. He appreciated all the hospital staff for their efforts in achieving this highest level of quality recognition.