HMC first in the world to get all its hospitals accredited by JCI

 20 Sep 2016 - 2:37

Minister of Public Health H E Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari and JCI President and CEO Dr Mark R. Chassin displaying the certificate.


DOHA: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has become the first healthcare provider in the world to have all its hospitals qualified under the US-based Joint Commission International’s (JCI) Academic Medical Center accreditation programme. 
The distinction was achieved following a comprehensive on-site survey earlier this year by JCI surveyors who evaluated HMC’s all eight hospitals against a set of stringent internationally approved healthcare standards. 
All hospitals have received the official Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation under the JCI Academic Medical Center Hospital standards. 
HMC was formally recognised for its achievement yesterday and an award was presented by Paula Wilson, President and CEO, Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International; and 
Dr. Mark R. Chassin, President and CEO of the Joint Commission, to Minister of Public Health H E Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari during a special ceremony at JCI headquarters outside Chicago, Illinois in the US.
“The recognition is an enormous achievement and accolade for Qatar’s leading tertiary and secondary healthcare provider. It demonstrates HMC’s commitment to continuous learning, professional development and delivery of safe, high-quality care and is indicative of Qatar’s leadership commitment to the health sector,” said Dr Al Kuwari. 
“Gaining accreditation as an Academic Medical Center puts HMC alongside an elite international group of healthcare providers. Being the first in the world to be accredited as an Academic Medical Center is a testament to HMC’s approach to developing excellence in healthcare in Qatar and the quality of the care it provides to patients,” she added. 
At the beginning of this year, JCI surveyors examined the HMC hospitals over eight weeks and measured organisational practices in healthcare quality and patient safety and benchmarked these against JCI’s over 304 internationally recognised hospital standards and 1,200 measurable elements.