Two Altus Emergency Centers Locations Are Now CIHQ Accredited
Altus Emergency Centers CIHQ Accredited.
Altus Emergency Centers announced that it had obtained the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) accreditation for two of its locations.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) fully endorses the prestigious CIHQ free-standing emergency centers (FSEC) accreditation program.
It bears mentioning that the ACEP is the leading professional body for emergency physicians and the organization responsible for setting the standards for emergency medical care in the United States.
The Process of Accreditation
Obtaining CIHQ accreditation is not an easy process. Any Emergency Center striving to achieve certification must first successfully implement and prove compliance with the strict standards set by the accrediting body.
A crucial step towards Altus receiving accreditation was passing the announced onsite review from CIHQ representatives, where the agents evaluated every aspect of the service provided at the two Emergency Center locations.
The team of CIHQ surveyors reviewed different areas, including management, leadership and administrative procedures, the environment of care, infection prevention and control protocols within the emergency center grounds, as well as emergency management.
Why Altus Emergency Centers Became Accredited
Altus Emergency Centers is synonymous of excellence among providers of emergency medical care in all the communities they serve.
Their decision to become CIHQ accredited is proof of their continued promise of providing the best care to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson.
Having accreditation status helps ensure that patients receive excellent emergency care that far exceeds minimum standards for safe, quality healthcare. This way, patients can rest easy knowing they are in the best hands.
Accreditation certificates are valid for 36 months; during this time, Altus Emergency Centers must be in continuous compliance with CIHQ standards, requirements, and policies.
Before the 36 months expire, both accredited Altus ER locations must undergo another full survey to maintain their accreditation status.
Additionally, during the 36 months that the accreditation is valid for, the Waxahachie and Lake Jackson locations must continuously comply with all safety standards and policies as stipulated by the CIHQ.
To ensure its compliance, the accrediting body will monitor and periodically survey both locations. The purpose of these ongoing surveys is to help identify deficiencies and, when possible correct them in real-time.
“Our staff worked very hard to implement improvements in all areas ahead of our onsite visit. The result of the survey shows what an excellent job they did. This level of commitment from our staff will undoubtedly reinforce the trust we’ve earned over the years from the communities we serve.” Commented Mr. Kevin Herrington President and CEO of Altus
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Immediate Benefits for the Community
Having a CIHQ accredited emergency center close to home offers many benefits to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson, namely the implementation of standardized safety and service procedures and protocols.
Therefore, patients can expect to receive quality medical services in a safe environment equipped with the latest technology anytime they need to visit the ER.
‘While having received accreditation is an important milestone for our organization. Our primary goal has always been to provide our patients with the highest quality emergency medical care. This achievement confirms how much we value the wellbeing of our patients and their families.” Kevin Herrington
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