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Iowa Specialty Hospital receives accreditation

CLARION — Iowa Specialty Hospital has announced the successful completion of its new accreditation process from DNV GL — Healthcare.

By earning accreditation, Iowa Specialty Hospital has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards (Conditions of Participation) set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL’s accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

“The DNV accreditation process and program are consistent with our long-term commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Steve Simonin, president and CEO of Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics. “Accreditation isn’t a requirement for rural hospitals but we feel that it is vitally important to our staff and patients to have an outside body check and validate our quality standards.”

Iowa Specialty Hospital has three years from the date of its accreditation to achieve compliance with ISO 9001.

“We have taken an entirely different approach to accreditation, and hospitals are really responding,” said DNV GL — Healthcare CEO Patrick Horine. “Since accreditation is a must-have credential for just about every hospital in this country, why not make it more valuable, and get more out of it? That’s where ISO 9001 comes into play, and turns the typical get-your-ticket-punched accreditation exercise into a quality transformation.”