Seven Israeli hospitals have proven their commitment to high standards of patient safety and quality of care through accreditation by the Joint Commission International.
What is Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation?
According to the JCI website, accreditation improves and demonstrates a medical center’s commitment to patients, families, and employees.
The accreditation process is designed to create a culture of safety and quality within an organization that strives to continually improve patient care processes and results. In doing so, organizations:
- improve public trust that the organization is concerned for patient safety and quality of care
- provide a safe and efficient work environment that contributes to worker satisfaction
- negotiate with sources of payment for care with data on the quality of care
- listen to patients and their families, respect their rights, and involve them in the care process as partners
- create a culture that is open to learning from the timely reporting of adverse events and safety concerns
- establish collaborative leadership that sets priorities for and continuous leadership for quality and patient safety levels
The Marker recently covered this story and reported on the significance of JCI accreditation.
In the United States, insurance companies consider JCI accreditation a precondition for sending its clients to hospitals….
Ilya Kagan, head of Rabin’s Nursing Management Office, said the quality assurance process focused on improving communication and organization among team members.
“During the accreditation process there was a big emphasis on the work flow, organized practices and control – how to speak the same language, not cut corners and not speed through things. It’s not simple, because these are industrial concepts that are foreign to the world of medicine,” he said.
The process was a long one, forcing team members to rethink how they carry out their jobs.
“We received a book with 1,200 issues to address – from strict fire safety procedures to calling universities and confirming that everyone actually finished his or her degree,” said the nursing office’s administrative head.
The New York Times has also recommended seeking Joint Commission International accreditation when using medical facilities outside of the United States.
JCI accredited and soon-to-be accredited hospitals in Israel
The following hospitals and medical centers have completed the JCI accreditation process:
- Haifa: Carmel Medical Center
- Afula: HaEmek Medical Center
- Kfar Saba: Meir Medical Center
- Petach Tikva: Rabin Medical Center (Beilinson Hospital and HaSharon Hospital)
- Tel Aviv: Assuta Medical Center
- Rechovot: Kaplan Medical Center
- Beersheva: Soroka Medical Center
The following hospitals and medical centers are reportedly “wrapping up” the JCI accreditation process:
- Haifa: Rambam Medical Center
- Tiberias: Poriya Hospital
- Tel Aviv: Ichilov Hospital
- Ramat Gan: Sheba Medical Center
- Tzrifin: Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center
Of course, the lack of JCI accreditation doesn’t mean the hospital doesn’t put its utmost into patient safety and quality of care. However, it’s always helpful to have an outside organization verifying!