Tulare, California, February 25, 2013 – Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC) announces recommendation from DNV Healthcare, Inc (Det Norske Veritas) to apply for ISO 9001 Certification. ISO 9001 Certification is recognized by businesses around the world as the benchmark for continual quality improvement. Innovative hospitals have begun embracing ISO as a way to identify and focus on the most successful approaches to patient care, patient safety and other critical aspects of running a modern healthcare system.
The DNV Survey Team notified Tulare Regional Medical Center, our Quality Management System is ready for ISO-9001 Certification. The three person survey team spent 3.5 days with TRMC verifying the healthcare quality standards in both the inpatient and outpatient environments.
Most notably, Tulare Regional Medical Center was recognized for our commitment to quality care of the uninsured and underinsured in our Healthcare Centers located in Kingsburg, Lindsay, Tulare and Woodville. “Your dedication as an organization and the passion your staff has for service to communities of great need is something I won’t soon forget,” said, Lead Surveyor, DNV Healthcare Inc.
DNV Healthcare, Inc. integrates the Medicare Conditions of Participation with ISO 9001 Quality Standards. Focused on innovation, DNV’s recommendation for ISO Certification is based on the NIAHOSM (National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations) standards encouraging collaboration between different hospital departments.
“Recommendation for ISO Certification is much more than successfully passing an accreditation program,” says Shawn Bolouki, Chief Executive Officer. “The ISO recommendation proves Tulare Regional Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to patient safety and clinical quality.”
“The ISO 9001 recommendation supports coordination of best practices focusing our efforts on patient safety, quality care and evidence based medicine,” says Carol Furgal, RN, MSN, CHPQ, Vice President, Quality, Tulare Regional Medical Center.
During closing conference with Tulare Regional Medical Center, DNV Healthcare, Inc., Registered Nurse and Clinical Surveyor, originally from the Central Valley commented, “It is reassuring to have a hospital, close to home, recognized for implementing quality standards.” The surveyor continued, “It is the hands and hearts making this hospital so unique”.