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CHONG Hua Hospital (CHH) in Cebu City has earned accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), putting it at par with the best health-care institutions in the world and allowing it to better position itself as a destination for foreign patients seeking treatment in the country.

“Health-care organizations around the world want to create environments that focus on quality, safety and continuous improvement,” said Karen Timmons, chief executive officer of JCI. “Accreditation meets this demand by stimulating continuous, systematic improvements in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of patient care. The community should be proud that Chong Hua Hospital has made a commitment to quality and safety.”

JCI’s on-site evaluation of CHH, conducted by a team of international health-care experts, including a doctor, nurse and administrator, was conducted in October.

“We sought accreditation because we want to provide the best care possible for outpatients,” said Lim Liu, CEO of CHH. “Earning accreditation from JCI is another step toward excellence.”

JCI is dedicated to improving the quality of health care through voluntary accreditation. JCI’s uniform, high standards for patient care and safety are designed to be adaptable to local needs, thus accommodating legal, religious and cultural factors within a country.

Standards focus on the areas that most directly impact patient care. These include access to care, assessment of patients, infection control, patient and family rights, and education. Standards also address facility management and safety, staff qualifications, quality improvement, organizational leadership and management of information.