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OMC First Hospital in Washington State to Achieve Managing Infection Risk Certification

December 5, 2018 -
OMP Clinics also first clinics in the entire nation to be MIR certified
PORT ANGELES – Olympic Medical Center announces the successful completion of its new certification process from DNV – a major hospital accrediting program – in Managing Infection Risk. 

Hand washing, antimicrobial stewardship, flu vaccines: these are common things people think about when it comes to curbing the spread of germs and infections. But managing infection risk is the sum of many parts, and it requires constantly developing processes ultimately designed to keep people safe from harm.

Identifying and implementing evidence-based safe practices is paramount to providing excellent health care and a top priority for Olympic Medical Center. Over the past three years, Olympic Medical has been readying to apply to and achieve Managing Infection Risk certification through DNV. 

DNV associates surveyed Olympic Medical in September, and announced November 18 Olympic Medical as the first hospital in Washington State – and the fifth in the United States – to achieve Managing Infection Risk certification. Further, Olympic Medical Physicians are the first clinics in the nation to be certified. For additional perspective, approximately 500 hospitals are accredited via DNV. 

John Beitzel, president, Olympic Medical Center Board of Commissioners, stated his appreciation for health care personnel for their dedication to patient safety. "Preventing hospital acquired infections is a major goal in the strategic plan, and the board congratulates employees, medical staff and the safety team for their hard work and focus, and the ultimate achievement of Managing Infection Risk certification. Well done.”

"This is significant for our community and our patients, as this certification demonstrates our commitment to reducing and preventing infections across the organization,” adds Eric Lewis, chief executive officer, Olympic Medical.

The goal of the certification, according to DNV, is to help hospitals understand strengths and vulnerabilities in regards to managing infection risk, and pinpoint gaps that need to be addressed to improve patient safety and reduce risk. This knowledge allows hospitals to immediately improve processes and potentially save lives. Achieving Managing Infection Risk certification is a recognition of exceeding current standards with exceptional processes and approaches to mitigating infection risk. 

Rhonda Bowen"As part of preparing Olympic Medical for this certification, DNV surveyors conducted onsite training for a multidisciplinary team and later visited our organization and provided an assessment of our implementation of the comprehensive 18-point standards – with each element representing known trigger points for infection risk. Based on their assessment, improvement projects were created and teams were activated,” said Rhonda Bowen, director of the safety program, Olympic Medical. "DNV experts surveyed our organization this fall. This confirmed the good practices underway and also presented opportunities for improvement.”

DNV will send an expert to Olympic Medical on an annual basis to review practices related to managing infection risk. Olympic Medical has also subscribed to DNV’s standards and best practices, a tremendously powerful resource for a rural hospital setting.

Olympic Medical received DNV’s Quality Management System ISO-9001 certification in 2017, and through this system closely monitors safety, quality and patient experience data and outcomes. "We are constantly combing through what is happening during care interactions with our patients to see what we’re doing well and where we have opportunities to improve,” says Dr. Scott Kennedy, chief medical officer and safety officer, Olympic Medical. "With this new Managing Infection Risk certification, we can more quickly identify and implement proven strategies and eliminate variability, therefore better managing the risk for our patients. We are so pleased to have our organization recognized as a leader in this arena, and implementing best practices that will allow us to keep getting better.”

For more information on DNV, please go to www.dnvglhealthcare.com. 

Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 67-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim. 

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