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Normal/Eureka, IL - Advocate BroMenn, Eureka Hospitals Achieved National Accreditation

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Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital in Eureka have achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare. BroMenn Medical Center also received Primary Stroke Center Certification from DNV.

DNV Healthcare is 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 NIAHO (National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations) 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 very consistent with our long-term commitment to patient safety and total quality," said Colleen Kannaday, president of both hospitals. "There has not been a new approach to hospital accreditation in a very long time. The ability to integrate ISO 9001 quality disciplines with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward."

ISO (International Organization for Standardizations) is an internationally recognized quality management system for service industries, including health care. ISO 9001 is considered an infrastructure of quality that can benefit all aspects of an organization to reach maximum effectiveness and efficiency in processes to improve outcomes.

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 BroMenn Medical Center and Eureka Hospital annually instead of every three years as was done previously. They monitor the hospital's adherence to patient safety criteria established by CMS, but also evaluate processes that impact patient care across various departments and facilities of the hospital.

"It's a very comprehensive program that promotes continual process improvement," said Ann Frederick, director of Quality Resource Management at BroMenn. "DNV is both thorough and collaborative. The program helps us to align our improvement efforts, proactively identify opportunities for improvement throughout the organization, and improve outcomes."

DNV's stroke certification program incorporates elements from their hospital accreditation standards, as well as requirements from the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. The certification recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in stroke care through compliance with best-practice standards as identified by survey observations, interviews, and document review.


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