Jerusalem’s Eye Hospital Awarded International Accreditation

JERUSALEM, June 13, 2013 (WAFA) – St. John Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem became the first Palestinian hospital to achieve the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation for quality and patient safety, a press release by the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network said Thursday.

JCI, a US-based organization that has established patient safety and quality service standards and goals for health service facilities, notified St. John Eye Hospital on Wednesday of successfully achieving the JCI accreditation. The accreditation survey occurred between May 6 and 9.

“This accomplishment is a significant milestone for the Palestinian healthcare system which demonstrates the safety and quality of services,” said the press release.

Over the last three years, members of the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network (EJHN) have been preparing their facilities for JCI accreditation. The Joint Commission conducts site visits to facilities to evaluate their implementation of the standards. Successful facilities receive a three-year accreditation.

“This prestigious accreditation could not have come at a better time in supporting us achieving our strategic goals to put the hospital in line with the best eye hospitals worldwide,” said Tom Ogilvie-Graham, chief executive officer at St. John Eye Hospital.

“We have recently become a full member of the World Association for Eye Hospitals and the accreditation will help to strengthen our relationships locally as well as globally with leading institutions such Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Quality care and clinical research feature high on our priorities and JCI accreditation will help in this regard,” he said.

The East Jerusalem Hospitals serve as the main centers for specialized care within the Palestinian health system. Over half of the EJHN workload comes from referred patients from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The EJHN and its six facilities have been supported by the European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the last four years.

Through the latest phase of this program the EU provided 2.4 million euros, which allowed the hospitals to improve the quality of their health services, upgrade their status to the highest international standards and engage in joint initiatives and activities, such as risk management and legal representation.

In order to prepare the hospitals for JCI accreditation, WHO facilitated various training opportunities including direct training from JCI, and on site consultations by JCI mock surveyors and external quality professionals.

Source: WAFA News