SOURCE: Maricopa Integrated Health System
PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Feb 15, 2013) - Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) is the first health care organization in Arizona to be awarded the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification.
The prestigious recognition was bestowed in connection with the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Healthcare NIAHO® accreditation. DNV is the first Medicare-approved hospital accreditation program integrating the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation for hospitals.
As the first health care system in Arizona to be awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification, Maricopa Integrated Health System continues to demonstrate its commitment to patient safety and clinical quality improvement. "It is an important milestone for us which reflects MIHS' strong commitment to our mission of providing top-notch quality health care and outstanding patient services. I want to thank everyone who was involved in this effort," says Betsey Bayless, MIHS President & CEO.
The ISO 9001:2008 certification is based on an audit completed in July 2012 of MIHS' compliance with the requirements for a quality management system as identified under the American National Standard. The three fundamentals for the Quality Management System requirements are providing consistent patient care, improving patient satisfaction and continually improving goal-based performance. ISO certification is valid for three years during which MIHS will be re-evaluated annually with an accreditation survey.
About MIHS: Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) is headquartered in the heart of Phoenix. The cornerstone of the system is Maricopa Medical Center (MMC), a major teaching hospital with a history dating back more than 100 years. Known for its critical care services, the hospital offers Level One trauma care for both adult and pediatric patients and also houses the Arizona Burn Center. MIHS also includes two inpatient psychiatric care centers, the Arizona Children's Center, and eleven family health centers.