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Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital First in Montana to Earn Accreditation from DNV GL–Healthcare


Innovative accreditation method demonstrates systemwide investment in continuously improving careDNV GL Accreditation for Bozeman Health

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 Commission.

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.