A special flag ceremony was recently held at Inspira Medical Center Vineland in honor of the certification.
VINELAND, NJ (May 2, 2014) – Inspira Health Network continues to fulfill its long-time mission of improving the health and well-being of everyone in the region by providing convenient access to quality care. One way that health systems can ensure they provide high quality care in a safe environment is through various accreditations, certifications and recognitions.
Inspira recently became the second health care system in New Jersey to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification for achieving quality objectives based on international standards at its Medical Centers Elmer, Vineland and Health Center Bridgeton. Achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification is a requirement of the facilities’ DNV Healthcare accreditation which aids the organization’s leadership and staff in continuously evaluating and improving the care provided to the region.
“DNV Healthcare accreditation requires hospitals to evaluate the continuum of patient care at its facilities and to continually improve the way that we care for our patients,” said John DiAngelo, President and CEO of Inspira Health Network. “As an organization, we have chosen to move from Joint Commission to DNV Healthcare accreditation at each of our campuses to ensure that we are providing the communities we serve with the highest possible clinical and service standards of excellence.”
Inspira’s facilities in Bridgeton, Elmer and Vineland received DNV accreditation in 2012 and this year, Inspira Medical Center Woodbury will undergo its first DNV survey in pursuit of accreditation.
“Throughout the ISO 9001:2008 certification process our Bridgeton, Elmer and Vineland facilities underwent rigorous examination of their quality management system,” said DiAngelo. “As a result we were able to improve consistency in our policies and procedures so that no matter which site a patient visits—including our outpatient sites—they will receive the same high quality, patient focused care.”
ISO 9001:2008 certification indicates that an organization provides consistent service that meets the needs of the customer as well as regulatory requirements; customer satisfaction; and continual improvement. With a total of 356 accredited hospitals in the U.S., DNV Healthcare is the leading accreditor of hospitals nationwide integrating ISO 9001:2008 quality compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.
Inspira Health Network is a charitable nonprofit health care organization formed in November 2012 by the merger of South Jersey Healthcare and Underwood-Memorial Hospital. The network, which traces its roots to 1899, now comprises three hospitals, four multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 60 locations. These include outpatient imaging and rehabilitation centers; urgent care; numerous specialty centers, including sleep medicine, cardiac testing and wound care; home care and hospice; and more than two dozen primary and specialty physician practices in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
Together with its medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and other care providers, Inspira Health Network provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health Network, call 1-800-INSPIRA.