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Seattle hospital moves to DNV accreditation

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 21, 2009

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For one Seattle hospital, making the move from Joint Commission accreditation to DNV Healthcare, Inc.’s NIAHOSM accreditation was a matter of research, timing—and moving at a lightning pace. Group Health Central Hospital is part of Group Health Cooperative, an integrated delivery and financing system providing care to approximately 400,000 residents throughout Washington and northern Idaho. The organization operates 26 primary care centers, three specialty centers, and one hospital.

"It all started out at the annual Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum," says Elizabeth Rosen, RN, BSN, director of quality and regulatory compliance at Central Hospital. "DNV was there, and I discussed the situation with them and came back to share my interest with our leadership."

Editor’s note: For more information about DNV accreditation and to purchase a copy of this article for $10, visit the HCPro Marketplace. Subscribers to Briefings on The Joint Commission have access to this article in the April issue.

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