Staff at Central Gippsland Health Service are celebrating after the organisation achieved full accreditation through the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).
Staff enjoyed a barbecue lunch put on by the Health Service to acknowledge the efforts of everyone in gaining accreditation in all 47 criteria for the next four years.
It is the third consecutive time the Health Service has earned full accreditation. The Health Service also managed to gain the Extensive Achievement (EA) level in ten areas, a record high for the organisation.
Chief Executive Officer Dr Frank Evans told the staff that the accreditation surveyors were very impressed with CGHS and the excellent outcomes of care achieved.
“The surveyors were impressed with the transparency within the organisation and the way that everyone was willing to share information with them during their visit,” Dr Evans said.
“It was also very heartening to receive such positive feedback on our care coordination efforts and in particular to hear their view that patient centred care is at the heart of our work. They were very complimentary on the condition and cleanliness of our facilities and grounds.”
Dr Evans said full four year accreditation was a big achievement and to do so with a large number of Extensive Achievement ratings an even bigger one.
“This outcome is a testimony to all your hard work and dedication,” he told staff.
Dr Evans added that from the community and patient perspective, the result provided confidence in the quality of care provided.