MUSCAT – Badr Al Samaa Hospital, Barka, Sohar, Salalah and Nizwa received the prestigious The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHSI) accreditation.
ACHSI accreditation is an external review of the quality of care and services. It is an internationally recognised evaluation process used to assess and improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare organisations; it is also a way to publicly recognize that a healthcare organization has met the quality standards.
In a joint statement managing directors of Badr Al Samaa group, Abdul Latheef and Dr P A Mohammed said, “We are highly jubilated by ACHSI accreditation of four of our hospitals with exceptional performance. We strive to introduce and set standards and trends in quality of care and patient safety and hence ensure highest level of care for our patients. All our hospitals are benchmarked with international accredited standards. Our doctors, paramedics and allied services staff diligently follow the laid policies and protocols to ensure every healthcare function meets the standards. This accreditation has only increased the standards of care, our pricing is still the same and affordable.”
The ACHSI Assessment was based on EQuIP 6 module. The ACHS Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP) is based upon principles which support best practice and which are designed to facilitate a culture of continuous improvement. These principles can be applied to all aspects of service within a healthcare organisation. There were three functions – clinical, support and corporate, 13 standards and 47 criteria. The ACHSI assessment was done from January 16 to January 20, (5) days by 9 Assessors.
Onsite Assessors were Dr Mohammed Ahmed Garout, Dr Aliah Abdulghaffar, Dr Gurjit Singh Monga and Timothy Gardner and Virtual Assessors were Vince Gaglioti, Mary-Jane Emmerton, Natalie Lloyd, Virginia Morris and Claudine El araybi.
The assessment process of this accreditation was led by respective branch heads of these four hospitals with the support of Medical Director, Nursing Director, Quality Assurance and administrative team; Shamnath Aman in Barka, Manoj Kumar in Sohar, Abdul Azeez in Salalah and Maneesh Raghavan in Nizwa.
Jacob Oommen, Chief Operating Officer and Head of ACHSI quality accreditation process said, “Badr Al Samaa has always set trends in the private health care sector. It played a crucial role as a catalyst to reform the patient care system in the region. Badr Al Samaa also raised its quality of services on par with world standards and it is evident by the various recognitions and accreditation received from different organizations and healthcare accreditation bodies and ACHSI is one amongst them. He appreciated the exemplary hard work and dedication of teams of all four hospitals who tirelessly work round the year to maintain the highest standards of quality.”
Sameer PT, Chief Executive Officer, “Apart from these four accreditations two of the Badr Al Samaa’s hospital is already Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited, thus making Badr Al Samaa group as the only group in private healthcare sector of Oman having the highest number of accreditations and whose all hospitals have quality accreditations. Badr Al Samaa is planning to bring its medical centres as-well under the ambit of quality accreditation.”
In the culmination event held in Salalah all assessors appreciated the hospitality, cooperation and professionalism of everyone involved in this accreditation process. They mentioned, in most areas and departments Badr Al Samaa’s quality standards exceeded the expectations of ACHSI.