March 12, 2007 09:00 ET

VFA Announces Joint Commission Service for Healthcare Organizations

Helps Healthcare Providers Comply With Requirements for Reporting on Facility Conditions

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 12, 2007 -- VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the introduction of a Joint Commission Service for healthcare organizations. The service employs VFA expert facility assessors to collect and evaluate information about healthcare facilities for Statement of Conditions reports required by The Joint Commission (formerly known as JCAHO), the main standards-setting and accrediting body for U.S. healthcare organizations.

Separately, VFA also announced an update to its Joint Commission software module in the latest release of VFA.facility®, its flagship software product. The module includes updated forms for Part 2 (Basic Building Information) and Part 4 (Plan for Improvement) of the Statement of Conditions, which all Joint Commission-accredited organizations must complete. (Note to Editors: Please see separate press release.)

Each healthcare organization accredited by the Joint Commission must complete a Statement of Conditions that provides basic information about all patient facilities, an assessment of its current level of compliance with the Life Safety Code®, and a description of how it will resolve any deficiencies. VFA's Joint Commission Service, coupled with its capital planning software, offers healthcare organizations a solution that streamlines this process, from the collection of facility data through the creation of a Plan for Improvement, as well as the creation of related reports required by the Joint Commission. VFA's solution goes beyond the documentation of life safety issues or other building system deficiencies to provide insight into long-term capital requirements and costs, as well as strategies for the optimal allocation of funding to effectively address these needs.

"The Joint Commission standards are intended to ensure that patients have a safe environment of care. Ongoing compliance with these standards requires that healthcare organizations be continuously prepared to demonstrate that their facilities meet life safety standards, or in cases where they fall short, that they have appropriate improvement plans in place," said Lisa Raffin, Vice President of Professional Services at VFA, Inc. "By evaluating these issues in the larger context of their ongoing facility capital planning process, healthcare providers can most effectively leverage their limited capital resources to continuously address safety and improve the quality of care that their facilities provide."

VFA customers in the healthcare sector include hospitals, medical centers, health networks and government health organizations. Organizations such as Sisters of Mercy Health System, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, UMass Medical School and the National Institutes of Health employ VFA solutions to optimize their facility investments and ensure that their facilities continue to deliver the highest standard of patient care.

About VFA

Headquartered in Boston, VFA, Inc. is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management. VFA's Capital Planning and Management Solution (CPMS™) uniquely combines facility assessment services, Web-based software and business consulting services to enable customers to manage every stage of the capital asset lifecycle -- from requirements gathering and long-term planning to capital budget creation and spend management. VFA has helped more than 350 organizations in corporate, education, government and healthcare markets to strategically manage more than two billion square feet of real estate. For more information, please call 800-693-3132 or visit

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