Accreditation given to West Kauai Medical Center – KVMH

The West Kauai Medical Center/KVMH has received accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) as a result of its demonstrated compliance with the Joint Commission’s nationally recognized health care standards for Critical Access Hospitals.

West Kauai Medical Center/KVMH was the first hospital in Hawai’i to receive designation as Critical Access Hospital.

Orianna Skomoroch, Kaua’i Region CEO, said of the Critical Access Hospital accreditation, “We are the first in the state of Hawai’i to be surveyed and achieve accreditation as a Critical Access Hospital and we received a score of 98 of 100. The score reflects how well our organization measures up against the Joint Commission’s standards that every organization would hope to meet in terms of commitment to quality and safety.”

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation’s health care through voluntary accreditation. The Joint Commission’s on-site survey of West Kauai Medical Center/KVMH occurred in September.

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” said Russell P. Massaro, M.D., executive vice president, Accreditation Operations, Joint Commission. “The community should be proud that West Kauai Medical Center/KVMH is focusing on the most challenging goal – to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”

Skomoroch, who is the Kaua’i Region CEO, called the accreditation, “proof of our professional staff’s commitment to provide quality care.”

Founded in 1957, KVMH is West Kaua’i’s only acute care hospital with emergency services, obstetrics, intensive care, surgery, outpatient, and clinic services. It is a 15 bed Critical Access Hospital with 10 additional swing beds for acute/SNF patients. The hospital also operates a Distinct Part Long Term Care facility of 20 beds. It is one of 12 facilities operated and managed by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC).

Established in 1996, HHSC is a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawai’i. As the state’s safety-net healthcare system, HHSC continues to fulfill the state’s promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare.

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