St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, 1st in Houston and 2nd in Texas, to earn ISO9001:2008 Certification
Published 12:02 am, Sunday, November 25, 2012
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (SLEH) is the first hospital in Houston and the second in Texas to be awarded the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System certification. This prestigious recognition was bestowed in conjunction with hospital accreditation under the DNV Healthcare NIAHO® accreditation program, 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 hospital in Houston to be awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital continues to demonstrate ongoing dedication to patient care and clinical quality,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, DrPH, CEO, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital and senior vice president, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System. “We strive to provide an environment that exemplifies our mission statement of providing Faithful, Loving Care® and receiving this certification provides assurance that we are doing just that."
The ISO 9001:2008 certification is based on an audit completed in March 2012 of SLEH's 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 SLEH will be evaluated annually with an accreditation survey.
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About St. Luke's Episcopal Health System
St. Luke's Episcopal Health System (StLukesTexas.com) includes St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital; St. Luke's Sugar Land Hospital; St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital; St. Luke's Patients Medical Center; St. Luke's Hospital at The Vintage; and St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities, a charity devoted to assessing and enhancing community health, especially among the underserved. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is home to the Texas Heart® Institute, which was founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD, and is consistently ranked among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Affiliated with several nursing schools and three medical schools, St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, receiving the award three times.