St. Luke’s hospital bags int’l accreditation anew

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MANILA, Philippines—St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City (SLMC-QC) on Friday announced the renewal of its international accreditation with the Joint Commission International (JCI), the world’s most prestigious accrediting body of healthcare organizations.

In a press conference, JCI lead surveyor Dr. Enrico Baldantoni reported that St. Luke’s-Quezon City had passed the international standards assessment for patient care and safety among others, and recently received notification of its accreditation—its fourth— from the JCI central office in Chicago, Illinois.

In 2003, SLMC-QC earned the distinction of being the first hospital in the Philippines and the second in Asia to be awarded JCI accreditation. It now claims to be the first to receive the award for a fourth time.

The JCI survey is conducted every three years to ensure that every hospital organization’s policies, procedures and evaluation methods are up-to-date and compliant with worldwide standards.

The accreditation means the healthcare that the hospital offers is benchmarked with the highest standards of care and safety practiced by renowned hospitals around the world, as set by the JCI.

“Earning accreditation from JCI is another step towards excellence in patient care,” St. Luke’s president and CEO, Dr. Edgardo R. Cortez, said in an e-mailed statement.

A team of three JCI surveyors—a physician, a nurse and an administrator—visited the SLMC-QC from Nov. 19 to 23. The team scrutinized various aspects of the hospital including facility management, infection control, patient safety, documentation of patient records, staff qualifications and disaster preparedness, and compared these to over 1500 international standards in continuous healthcare improvement.

In the global healthcare community, JCI is considered the authority in patient safety and quality improvement with a presence in more than 90 countries to date.

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  • andrewassme

    JCI OR Joint Commission as it is known in the USA, is one of the few Private-Run companies paid by the hospital members themselves to perform an assessment of their hospitals’ performance. The Joint Commission is not the only one that sets the standards, it is just known because it has the most hospital membership, and they sort of set the “STANDARDS”. Now I quoted the word “standard” because it is not the norm. Meaning, if we have visitors coming to our house, we clean the house and make sure things are pretty in their eyes. Same thing goes to these hospitals. Things get organized and made ideal when the watchers are around. The same techniques all these hospitals do since the creation of JCAHO. I am not saying St. Luke’s is not the best, but certainly you will still see some cracks and leaks in any hospital you go to. In conclusion, Go to a hospital that does training and research. Most likely, that hospital is good or at least better than its neighbor. Do not be fooled by JCAHO accreditation, remember, these hospitals pay them to accredit them…That’s all.

    • Estee Muri

       I  noticed that  Joint Commission Inspector  gets ideas from one hospital  and  bring that idea  to  other hospitals  and  set  it as  ‘STANDARD” . Hospitals  paid them to inspect  their own backyard. and  then  claim that ACCREDITITION. i do not know  if  an accredition  should be claimed  and be proud of. I think , to say that the hospital is accredited   just means that  it is not below  the  standard of  service and not to  BRAG  about  it that it is an ACCREDITED HOSPITAL. For what does  the name connotes for?
      Misnomer,perchance to show off ” Accredited” I will only salute if  it is  the Government itself who  sent those  Inspector to inspect the Hospital and the hospital  passed with flying colors.  It is my opinion.

  • Fz20

    Its still a good thing to acquire all/any accreditations you can get esp from 1stworld countries. 

  • Olibo

    The only problem in this hospital is it’s service is beyond the reach of the ordinary people.Correct me if I’m wrong, is there any charity or indigent ward in this hospital? If not, there must be other kind of accreditation awarded to this hospital,e.g. One of the most expensive hospitals in Asia.

    • andrewassme

      SLMC is doing this to attract foreign patients with MONEY, believe it or not. This hospital is not for the faint of heart, i.e. the poor around its vicinity.

  • anu12345

    Mahusay nga iyang St Luke’s. Kaya gusto ng mga taong bayan. Na mayaman sa kurakot.

  • aga

    Does that mean that US Medicare and US private health insurance companies in the United States now accredit SLMC?

    • andrewassme

      No. Medicare and Medicaid apply to American Hospitals only and for the sole use of an American Citizen only.

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