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Princess Muna Al-Hussein Attends Health Care Accreditation Council Event
Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Muna Al-Hussein, the mother of His Majesty King Abdullah II, attended an event hosted by the Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC) in Amman, Jordan this month. HCAC is Jordan’s national health care accreditation organization with the overall mission of improving the quality and safety of health care in the Kingdom. The council sets health care standards, prepares health care facilities to meet standards, and awards accreditation and certification.
HCAC held the event to launch its 2012 National Quality and Safety Goals. Each year, HCAC develops a new list of goals, provides guidance on how to effectively comply with each goal’s requirements, and awards certification to health care facilities that are in compliance with all of the requirements by the end of the year.
This year, the council set three goals, all focused on patient safety: 1) reduce the risk of patient falls, 2) implement the appropriate use of prophylactic antibiotics during surgery, and 3) reduce the risk of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Each goal requires policy documentation, staff training, and close monitoring for compliance.
“Once again this year we have focused on areas vital to patient care, and we encourage all hospitals and medical centers to take part,” said HCAC Chairman, His Excellency (HE) Engineer (Eng.) Said Darwazeh, who provided details of the new goals.
URC’s Jordan Healthcare Accreditation Project (JHAP) established HCAC in 2007 with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in collaboration with Abt Associates, Inc.; the Joint Commission International; and the Jordanian Ministry of Health. The project and its partners are building the council’s capacity to develop health care standards, monitor compliance, certify surveyors, and award certification.
Recognizing Health Care Facilities and Professionals
In addition to announcing the 2012 goals, HCAC presented the following 17 health care facilities with certificates of achievement for meeting the 2011 goals:
- Al Karak Governmental Hospital
- Philadelphia Hospital
- Al Israa Hospital
- Prince Hussein Ben Abduallah II Centre of Urology and Organ Transplant
- Amman Hospital
- Prince Hussein Governmental Hospital
- Princess Badee’a Governmental Hospital
- Prince Rahma Governmental Hospital
- Princess Basma Governmental Hospital
- Queen Alia Heart Institute
- Jordan University Hospital
- Queen Rania Paediatric Hospital
- King Abdullah I University Hospital
- Royal Jordanian Rehabilitation Centre
- Luzmilla Hospital
- Specialty Hospital
- Ma’an Governmental Hospital
Also, for the first time, the council awarded nine primary health care professionals with the Healthcare Quality Practitioner Certification for successfully completing last year’s Healthcare Certified Quality Practitioners Course.
“This is a day of celebration and recognition,” announced Mr. Edward Chappy, Acting Chief Executive Officer of HCAC and Chief of Party for JHAP. “We celebrate and recognize the efforts of many to improve quality and safety of health care in Jordan.”
Mr. Chappy expressed gratitude for the support the council had received since its inception. In particular, he thanked HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein, HE Eng. Said Darwazeh, USAID, HCAC partners and shareholders in Jordan and abroad, the council’s technical and administrative staff and surveyors, and hospital and primary health care center directors and their teams.
“Each step we take, we take together along the path that leads to higher levels of quality and safety on a journey that does not end,” Mr. Chappy stated.
Several other influential figures attended the event, including HE Dr. Abdellatif Woreikat, Jordan’s Minister of Health; Major General Dr. Abdelaziz Ziadat, Director General of Royal Medical Services; Ms. Laura Slobey, USAID Mission Representative; and Dr. Ahmad Basel Al-Yousfi, World Health Organization Representative. The HCAC Board of Directors also attended, as did 20 members of the press and 130 representatives from hospitals, medical centers, and health organizations.
February 23, 2012