Cannon Memorial Hospital, Pickens, SC, is the first hospital in South Carolina to receive accreditation by the newest organization with deeming status, Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
DNV Healthcare was approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a deemed status accreditation program for hospitals in the fall of 2008, after working through the application process to meet CMS' evaluation criteria. The only other accreditation programs for hospitals are the Joint Commission and the American Osteopathic Association's Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program.
Cannon has been accredited by the Joint Commission for the past 36 years. It chose to change its accreditation after learning of DNV's infrastructure and alignment with the ISO 9001 standard, and the heightened quality of patient care associated with the implementation of that standard, according to the hospital.
DNV's accreditation program follows the National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations standards, which are based on the CMS Conditions of Participation, and the ISO 9001 standard, an international standard for quality management systems used to measure quality and accountability in dozens of industries.
DNV Healthcare reported 13 hospitals in the U.S. have completed its survey to date.