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New milestone for Ingalls

Updated: November 25, 2012 11:37AM



Ingalls Health System, which includes Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey and Southland care centers in Flossmoor, Tinley Park, Homewood and Matteson, has reached a new milestone, according to a news release from the company.

Ingalls has achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the only hospital accreditation program approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that integrates the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation, the release said.

Ingalls is the first health system in Illinois to achieve ISO certification, the release said. The accreditation program requires hospitals to evaluate the full continuum of patient care throughout its facilities and take measured steps to improve when it is warranted.

“The DNV program is more consistent with our long-term commitment to patient safety and total quality,” Ingalls Health System president and CEO Kurt E. Johnson said.

As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors will visit Ingalls annually instead of every three years.

Being accredited by DNV allows Ingalls to receive reimbursement for its patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

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