Once again the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) received officially on Friday April 11, 2014 full accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
“This is a special achievement to celebrate,” said Dr. Adnan Tahir, medical center director and chief medical officer at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. “We are proud to see that the hard work and dedication has been rewarded with this achievement. Teamwork and collaboration across the organization are key to our success and they are focal in maintaining our leadership position by offering the best medical care not only in Lebanon but regionally and at par with international standards.” added Dr. Tahir.
AUBMC was the first hospital located outside the United States to be accredited in 1956 by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. The hospital was repeatedly surveyed since and maintained its accreditation till 1986. During war time the JCI surveyor team refrained from coming to Lebanon but when they resumed their surveys AUBMC was reaccredited again in 2007 and has been reaccredited every three years since.
“JCI Accreditation is an important building block in the foundation for a stronger and better performing medical center. We will continue to face challenges, but with teamwork we will always find the best and most appropriate solutions to ensure safe and high quality care to our patients.” concluded Dr. Tahir.
JCI is a division of Joint Commission Resources which is the largest accreditor of health-care organizations in the United States that surveys nearly 20,000 health-care programs through a voluntary accreditation process. The Joint Commission International Accreditation Hospital Standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in daily performance and in the outcomes of patient care.
AUBMC is the first medical institution in the Middle East to have earned the three international accreditations of JCI, Magnet and CAP, attesting to its superior standards in patient-centered care, nursing, and pathology/laboratory services.