Innovative accreditation method demonstrates systemwide investment in continuously
Bozeman, MT [January 18, 2017] — Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital,
including all hospital departments and Bozeman Health Belgrade Clinic,
has successfully earned a three year accreditation from DNV GL –
Healthcare following completion of the DNV GL–Healthcare survey
in the fall of 2016.
Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital is the first hospital in Montana to seek
and receive DNV GL–Healthcare accreditation, which demonstrates
that they meet or exceed patient safety standards set forth by the U.S.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical
Center (certified by the state of Montana that they meet CMS Conditions
of Participation) will join Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital on this
accreditation journey in the near future. Bozeman Health’s accreditation
through DNV GL–Healthcare replaces accreditation through The Joint
This achievement signifies an investment in systemwide cultural transformation
that continually reinforces high quality performance and improvement.
Nearly 500 hospitals throughout the United States have moved from The
Joint Commission to DNV GL-Healthcare’s more innovative model.
DNV GL–Healthcare’s approach to accreditation is built on two
components: 1) a set of hospital standards, National Integrated Accreditation
for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO) and, 2) additional requirement to
achieve ISO 9001 certification, or at least ISO 9001 compliance within
the first three years. ISO 9001 is a management system standard developed
by the independent international organization, ISO (International Organization
for Standardization), and is used by quality-driven organizations in all
sectors and business types. DNV GL–Healthcare’s method changes
the accreditation game – shifting the focus from
gaining accreditation to a goal of
constantly improving quality.
By choosing to move forward with this dual system, Bozeman Health is being
held to a much higher standard. Bozeman Health aims to be the pioneer
amongst Montana hospitals to shift the focus away from ‘passing
the test’ of accreditation and towards a goal of constantly improving
quality. Partnering with DNV GL–Healthcare, the practice of accreditation
becomes a management asset for quality and patient safety improvement.
“Every day our caregivers are focused on ensuring our community has
access to the highest quality, safest care,” said John G. Hill,
Bozeman Health president and CEO. “I’m thrilled that we are
an early adopter for hospitals in Montana, as I know this will help us
foster an environment of gaining even more expertise in delivering an
unmatched focus on patient-centric care.”
Bozeman Health consistently provides great care to patients and the community
every day and is committed to meeting—and exceeding— the highest
standards for patients.