Arbor Health, Morton Hospital has successfully achieved accreditation by DNV. This status signifies the hospital meets or exceeds patient-safety standards set by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the international company DNV.
“While we, as with many hospitals and health systems in the nation, have operated for years without being an accredited facility, we felt it was important to take on the challenge as it is a framework upon which consistent, quality, safe patient care is built. This method is process centered that will outlive turnover at any level within our health system,” Arbor Health CEO Leianne Everett said in a news release. “Meeting the rigorous standards set by DNV is a true accomplishment. It speaks to our commitment to provide quality, compassionate and professional patient care.”
DNV’s accreditation program, called NIAHO (Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), involves annual surveys and encourages hospitals to openly share information across departments and discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols.
While the newly acquired accreditation is for the hospital overall, two Arbor Health departments recently achieved stand-alone accreditations. The sleep center was accredited in October 2020 and the emergency department achieved accreditation for Stroke-Patient Readiness last February.
“The next step in our quality plan is meeting the ISO 9001 Standards, which is the most widely-recognized quality management system. ISO 9001 will guide us in establishing a culture which consistently delivers care that meets the patient’s needs. We are committed to continuous quality improvement,” Everett said in the release.