ALBANY -- Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital has now achieved full national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, officials announced this week.
As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors will visit Phoebe annually. They are expected to monitor the hospital's adherence to patient safety criteria established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but also evaluate processes that impact patient care across various departments and facilities.
Officials say that DNV conducting Phoebe's accreditation surveys should encourage a more rigorous and higher quality of care at a faster rate.
"They will be on the ground annually to make sure we do what we say we do," said Dr. Doug Patten, senior vice president of medical affairs at Phoebe, at a hospital board meeting Wednesday.
The first round of visits DNV did for Phoebe took place last month. Fifteen 15 surveyors walked through all the hospitals in the Phoebe Putney Health System simultaneously, five of whom were at the main campus. Immediately following the inspections, DNV was expected to send a report to Phoebe officials on their findings and give them 10 days to respond with an action plan on how to address any problems.
In other business, the hospital board has appointed cardiologist Dr. Steven Wolinsky to Phoebe's professional affairs committee per a revision to the hospital's bylaws last month allowing for a member of Phoebe's quality council to join the committee as an ex-officio non-voting member.
Wolinsky, former medical staff president, is currently serving as the quality council chair.