In our desire to provide the highest quality of care, Griffin Hospital seeks accreditations from many professional organizations, academic associations and consumer advocates. The following accreditations are an achievement for Griffin and acknowledge that we are following the best recommended practices in the heathcare industry.
JCAHO & Specialty Accreditations
Griffin Hospital has been accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for more than 50 years. The Joint Commission is considered one of the top standards in healthcare and is a voluntarily accreditation for participants.
JCAHO will be at Griffin Hospital to conduct an onsite survey in 2006 to evaluate the organization's compliance with nationally established Joint Commission standards. The survey is conducted every three years and the results determine whether the hospital will be accredited. JCAHO has changed the methodology from an announced scheduled survey to an unannounced survey. This will be Griffin's first unannounced survey.
Accreditation standards deal with organizational quality of care issues and the safety of the environment in which care is provided. During the site visit, surveyors review over 700 standards for quality of care, safety and service performance.
In July 2004, JCAHO started a new web based reporting system called Quality Check. It is a comprehensive guide to the nearly 16,000 Joint Commission-accredited health care organizations and programs throughout the United States. Quality Reports feature a user-friendly format with checks, pluses and minuses to help the general public compare health care organization performance in a number of key areas including quality of care and patient safety.
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Griffin Hospital Department Accreditations (partial listing)
CAP (College of American Pathologists)
The goal of the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is to improve the quality of clinical laboratory services through voluntary participation, professional peer review, education and compliance with established performance standards. Upon successful completion of the inspection process, the laboratory is awarded CAP accreditation and becomes part of an exclusive group of more than 6,000 laboratories worldwide that have met the highest standards of excellence.
AABB (American Association of Blood Banks)
The AABC Accreditation Program strives to improve the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and blood products. The Accreditation Program assesses the quality and operational systems in place within the facility. The basis for assessment includes compliance with Standards, Code of Federal Regulations and federal guidance documents. This independent assessment of a facility's operations helps the facility to prepare for other inspections and serves as a valuable tool to improve both compliance and operations. Accreditation is granted for collection, processing, testing, distribution, and administration of blood and blood components; hematopoietic progenitor cell activities; cord blood activities; perioperative activities; parentage testing activities; immunohematology reference laboratories and SBB schools.
FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
CAP (College of American Pathologists)
Respiratory ServicesAARC (American Association for Respiratory Care)
The AARC's Quality Respiratory Care Program recognizes hospitals that adhered to the following standards:
All respiratory therapists employed by the hospital to deliver bedside respiratory care services are either legally recognized by the state as competent to provide respiratory care services or hold the CRT or RRT credential.
Respiratory therapists are available 24 hours.
Other personnel qualified to perform specific respiratory procedures and the amount of supervision required for personnel to carry out specific procedures must be designated in writing.
A doctor of medicine or osteopathy is designated as medical director of respiratory care services.
Radiology DepartmentMammography FDA/MQSA (Food & Drug Administration/Mammography Quality Standards Act)
Mammography ACR (American College of Radiology)
The ACR is an FDA-designated accrediting body under the Mammography Quality Standards Act, which requires all mammography facilities to be accredited. Other ACR accreditation programs in stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound, breast ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, radiography/fluoroscopy and computed tomography are voluntary and demonstrate a facility's ongoing commitment to patient care.
Ultrasound (General, Gyn, Vascular) ACR (American College of Radiology)
Ultrasound (Breast) ACR (American College of Radiology)
MRI ACR (American College of Radiology)
Nuclear Medicine ACR (American College of Radiology)
Nuclear Medicine NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)
The Commission on Cancer (American College of Surgeons)
The cancer program at Griffin Hospital has been granted a three year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1932, the Approvals Program sets standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to make sure they conform to those standards.
Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. In order to maintain approval, facilities with an approved cancer program must undergo an on site review every three years. Slightly more than one-fifth of the nation’s hospitals have approved cancer programs, and more than 80 percent of patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer are treated in these facilities.