Capital Health Receives New Quality-Based Accreditation From DNV GL

Trenton, NJ - Capital Health has earned hospital accreditation from DNV GL – Healthcare, a certification body that helps health care organizations achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety. By earning this accreditation, both Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell and Capital Health Regional Medical Center demonstrate that they meet or exceed patient safety standards and Conditions of Participation set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 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 GL program is consistent with our commitment to quality and patient safety and aligns with the important initiatives that support our organizational culture,” said Al Maghazehe, president and CEO of Capital Health. “The program includes the integration of ISO 9001 quality standards with our clinical and financial processes, which will be a major move forward for the entire organization.”

Capital Health has three years from the date of its accreditation to achieve compliance with ISO 9001, the world’s most trusted quality management system used by performance-driven organizations around the world to advance their quality and sustainability objectives.

“We have taken an entirely different approach to accreditation, and hospitals are really responding,” says 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.”

DNV GL’s accreditation program, called National Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO®), involves annual hospital surveys – instead of every three years – and encourages hospitals to openly share information across departments and discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols.

“Our hospital accreditation from DNV GL – Healthcare aligns with our journey to high reliability with a philosophy that links compliance with quality and safety standards, making improvements, and then sustaining those improvements over time,” said Dr. Louis D’Amelio, vice president of Clinical Performance at Capital Health. “Holding on-site surveys every year will help us to quickly apply the high, nationally recognized standards from ISO 9001 and CMS to be able to give our patients the best possible outcomes.”

About Capital Health

Capital Health is the Central New Jersey/Lower Bucks County region’s leader in providing progressive, quality patient care with significant investments in physicians, nurses and staff, as well as advanced technology. Comprised of two hospitals (Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton and Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell), a Hamilton outpatient facility, and various primary and specialty care practices across the region, Capital Health is a dynamic healthcare resource accredited by DNV GL.

A four-time Magnet-designated health system for nursing excellence, Capital Health serves as a Level II regional trauma center, regional perinatal center (including a Level III NICU), and emergency mental health screening center. Capital Health also offers the region’s first and most experienced Pediatric Emergency Department and most recently, New Jersey’s first Autism-Friendly Pediatric Emergency Department. Capital Health also provides innovative programs such as Capital Institute for Neurosciences; nationally accredited Center for Comprehensive Breast Care; Center for Digestive Health; Marjorie G. Ernest Joint Replacement Center of Excellence; award-winning Center for Oncology; and the Heart & Vascular Institute, which includes the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Center. For more information, visit capitalhealth.org.

About DNV GL - Healthcare

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services.

Through DNV GL, health care organizations achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, managing infection risk, management system certification, and training.

The DNV GL Group operates in more than 100 countries with 16,000 professionals dedicated to helping participating organizations make the world safer, smarter, and greener. For more information about DNV GL hospital accreditation, visit http://www.dnvglhealthcare.com/.