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CONTACT: DEAN BORG
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 356-2731
e-mail: eldean-borg@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Commission accredits University Hospitals and Clinics

IOWA CITY, Iowa --The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) has been awarded continuing accreditation following a rigorous, week-long survey by a five-member team from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

"This is a clear affirmation of our staff's commitment to quality care for our patients," said R. Edward Howell, UIHC Director and CEO. "The survey team inspects every aspect of a hospital and measures what they find against the Joint Commission's very high standards. Being 'survey-ready' must be a way of life to earn the outcomes that the UIHC staff have achieved, and that translates to patient care excellence everyday."

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is a private, non-profit organization that develops cutting-edge standards designed to continuously improve the quality of patient care. A 24-member board of commissioners representing the American College of Physicians; the American College of Surgeons; the American Dental Association; the American Hospital Association; the American Medical Association and the general public governs JCAHO.

UIHC Chief Operating Officer John Staley said the JCAHO survey team spent five days in late October, "meticulously reviewing records, interviewing staff members and conducting on-site inspections to compare their findings with the Joint Commission's high and exacting standards." Staley said, "the standards represent a national consensus on quality patient care reflecting changing health care delivery trends. It's a strong statement to our patients when UIHC meets those standards, and particularly when our staff has earned the maximum three-year accreditation for the institution."

Medicare and other health insurance payers use JCAHO accreditation as a criterion for reimbursing a hospital for patient care.

12/23/98