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Phoebe Facilities Receive New Quality-Based Accreditation from DNV

Albany, GA

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

ALBANY, Ga., March 12, 2013 — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center and Phoebe Worth Medical Center are proud to announce that they have achieved full national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the only hospital accreditation program approved by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that integrates the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. DNV’s NIAHOR accreditation program requires hospitals to evaluate the continuum of patient care throughout its facilities and take measured steps to improve when it is warranted.

“The DNV program is more consistent with our long-term commitment to patient safety and total quality,” said Phoebe’s President and CEO Joel Wernick. “There has not been a new approach to hospital accreditation in a very long time. The ability to integrateISO 9001 quality disciplines with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward.”

Phoebe Sumter Medical Center also did exceptionally well in the survey process, according
to Keith Petersen, CEO of Phoebe Sumter.

“The surveyors were very complimentary of our staff and the procedures we have in place,” said Petersen. “They told us we had the fewest number of deficiencies for a hospital that was undergoing its first accreditation process with them, and we received the ultimate compliment when one of the surveyors said she would have no problem
being a patient at our facility. This is a testament to the leaders in our organization and our dedicated employees. They work day in and day out to make sure our patients are safe and get the care they need to get better.”

DNV hospital accreditation addresses the demands of today's hospitals dedicated to patient-centered care. As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors will visit annually instead of every three years, as was done previously. They monitor adherence to patient safety criteria established by CMS, but also evaluate processes that impact patient care across various departments and facilities of the hospital(s).

"It's a much more holistic system," said Wernick. "DNV is very thorough and it doesn't feel like an inspection. We see collaboration. The DNV program helps us find opportunities throughout the organization to improve every day. This is a welcomed change. We look upon accreditation as a strategic business tool and as a mechanism to empower our staff."

DNV Accredited Phoebe Facilities

  • Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
  • Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
  • Phoebe Worth Medical Center
  • Phoebe Neurodiagnostic Center
  • Phoebe Sleep Disorder Center
  • Phoebe Endoscopy Center
  • Pain Management Clinic
  • Phoebe Wound and Hyperbarics Center
  • Phoebe Northwest
  • Phoebe Diabetes Care Center
  • Dougherty County Jail Medical Clinic
  • Cardiac Nuclear Medicine
  • Cardiac Testing Clinic
  • Phoebe Laboratory Collection Station
  • Phoebe Industrial Rehab
  • Carlton Breast Center (Med Tower II)
  • Carlton Breast Center at Meredyth
  • Phoebe PET/CT Scan Center
  • Phoebe MRI & Imaging of Albany
  • Phoebe Cancer Center (Hem/Onc)1
  • Phoebe Worth Oncology Clinic
  • Phoebe Surgicare (Med Tower 1)
  • Phoebe Cancer Center - Radiation Oncology
  • Phoebe Cancer Center ( BMT)
  • Phoebe Cancer Center (Sickle Cell)
  • Phoebe Physical Medicine – Ashburn
  • Phoebe Physical Medicine – Sylvester
  • Meredyth Place Diagnostic Center
  • Phoebe North Campus
  • Phoebe Behavioral Health (OP Clinic)
  • Phoebe Putney Rehab Unit
  • Pediatric Specialty Clinic
  • Phoebe Surgical Weight Loss and Wellness Center
  • Phoebe Surgicare at Meredyth

About DNV Healthcare
DNV Healthcare Inc. is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a part of Det Norske Veritas, a global independent foundation dedicated to safeguarding life, property and the environment. DNV has a worldwide reputation for quality and integrity in certification and extensive international healthcare experience.

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