Two hospitals bag exclusive affiliation of US commission

ABU DHABI - Two UAE hospitals have been acknowledged by an international accreditation organisation,

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Published: Tue 4 Jul 2006, 9:59 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 May 2024, 12:27 PM

Becoming the first government hospitals in the country to receive such international recognition.

Tawam Hospital in Al Ain and Al Rahba Hospital in Abu Dhabi have been accredited by the US Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA) to join a small list of hospitals accredited by the JCIA in the Middle East.

This was announced yesterday during a press conference held at the General Authority for Health Services for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (GAHS) under the chairmanship of Dr Ahmed Mubarak Al Mazroui, Director General of the GAHS. The JCIA aims to improve the quality of health care in the international community by providing worldwide accreditation services.

"Obtaining the JCIA accreditation was not the target in itself. The main goal was to improve health care services provided for patients and to set guidelines for developing quality standards to gain the satisfaction, consent and trust of the community," said Dr Mazroui conferring accolades on the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for the achievement, which he described as a qualitative leap in the history of medical services in the country.

The real challenge, said Dr Mazroui, was to maintain a sustainable accreditation system for medical institutions. The strategy of GAHS was to unify accreditation at all hospitals, he said, noting that JCI was the best accreditation the authority could aspire to enlist for other hospitals as well. He disclosed that Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) was next on the list, followed by Al Mafraq and other public hospitals, awaiting JCI accreditation.

On the challenges that confronted hospitals during the accreditation process, Dr Mazroui said lack of professionals in the field of accreditation was one of the obstacles that affected the process, which commenced in April 2004. "The Authority has inked a memorandum of understanding with Zayed University to establish a training centre. The proposed centre will be supported by foreign expertise to ensure availability of trained cadres conversant with the accreditation process," he added.

For his part, Dr Klaus Boecker, Director of Strategy Department at GAHS, observed that accreditation was a continuous process to upgrade the standards of hospitals and improve health care services.

JCIA is a division of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care Organisations (JCAHO); it is a subsidiary corporation. JCAHO, which is the largest accreditor of health care organisations in the US, was established in 1951. It surveys nearly 20,000 health care programmes through a voluntary accreditation process. JCAHO and its subsidiary are both non-profit US corporations.

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