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Hospital turns to HFAP for alternative accreditation

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2008

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Amsterdam (NY) Memorial Healthcare is a small rural facility with a 15-bed physical rehab unit, a swing bed unit, and a 150-bed nursing home. The hospital primarily performs outpatient surgeries; in 2004, it decided to go out on a limb and change accreditors, moving from Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) accreditation to the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). When Deidre Cirillo, RN, CCRN, director of quality, risk, patient safety, and corporate compliance at the hospital, first took on her role, she felt that having both the state department of health and The Joint Commission survey the nursing home component was redundant, so she looked into removing this component from the accreditation survey process.

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