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At Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, the quality and safety of the care we provide are our top priorities. Our commitment to quality and safety is most visibly demonstrated through the accreditations we have earned for various programs and services. Below are descriptions of each of the accreditations IU Health Bloomington Hospital currently holds.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CARDIOVASCULAR AND PULMONARY REHABILITATION (AACVPR)
IU Health Bloomington Hospital is recognized for our strong commitment to improving the quality of life for patients and their families undergoing cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation. The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification process is the only peer-reviewed accreditation process that reviews individual facilities for adherence to standard and guidelines developed by the AACVPR. The AACVPR is dedicated to reducing morbidity, mortality, and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF DIABETES EDUCATORS
By becoming an accredited location for diabetes education, the IU Health Bloomington Hospital Diabetes Center has been recognized for its proven dedication to providing patients with comprehensive, effective diabetes self-management education. The accreditation, based on the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education, assures patients and healthcare providers that the IU Health Bloomington Hospital Diabetes Center offers distinguished, quality diabetes education and support. This is made possible through the availability of hospital team members, education promotion and the availability of additional educational resources.
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY
IU Health Bloomington Hospital has been accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in MRI and ultrasound because of its commitment to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. IU Health Bloomington Hospital was recognized for its ability to meet the mission and goals of the ACR, which include the ability to serve patients and society by maximizing the value of radiology, improve the quality of patient care, provide continuing education for radiology and allied health professionals and conduct research for the future of radiology.
All inpatient rehabilitation services at IU Health Bloomington and the IU Health Children's Therapy Center hold accreditation from CARF. CARF certification means IU Health Bloomington Hospital has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the quality of services and programs provided, focusing on the satisfaction of the persons served and conforming to rehabilitation standards. CARF is an international non-profit accreditor of health and human services in aging services, behavioral health, business and services management networks, child and youth services, employment and community services and medical rehabilitation.
COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTS (CAP)
IU Health Bloomington Hospital Laboratory Services is accredited by the College of American Pathologists for its commitment to quality practice and overall management and operation of the laboratory. The accreditation improves patient safety and ensures patients that laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements.
COMMISSION ON CANCER
IU Health Bloomington Hospital Cancer Services holds approval with commendation from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. In addition, it received the 2007 New Program Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) from the Commission on Cancer. The award recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. IU Health Bloomington Hospital received the OAA by demonstrating a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards, which represent the full scope of the cancer program. These standards are drawn from the following areas of program activity:
- Cancer committee leadership
- Cancer data management
- Clinical management
- Community outreach
- Quality improvement
Key elements that helped IU Health Bloomington Hospital earn the OAA include state-of-the-art treatment, a cancer committee that leads the program, a cancer conference that provides an open forum for consultation and education, a quality improvement program, and a cancer registry that serves as the basis for monitoring care. Only 25 percent of hospitals in the U.S. are approved by the Commission on Cancer, and even fewer are approved with Commendation.
INTERSOCIETAL COMMISSION ON THE ACCREDITATION OF ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY LABORATORIES (ICAEL)
IU Health Bloomington Hospital has been recognized by the ICAEL for maintaining high expectations of quality for patients, physicians and consumers. To receive the accreditation, IU Health Bloomington Hospital met all ICAEL standards, ensuring quality patient care as well as compliance and uniformity in reporting and CMEs obtained.
INTERSOCIETAL COMMISSION FOR THE ACCREDITATION OF VASCULAR LABORATORIES (ICAVL)
IU Health Bloomington Hospital Allied Health Vascular Laboratory has been recognized by the ICAVL for maintaining high expectations of quality for patients, physicians and consumers. To receive the accreditation, IU Health Bloomington Hospital met all ICAVL standards in the areas of Visceral Vascular Testing, Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing and Peripheral Arterial Testing.
Through demonstrated compliance with national standards in patient safety and quality of care, IU Health Bloomington Hospital has received accreditation by the Joint Commission. The receipt of the Gold Seal of Approval indicates that our facility has demonstrated compliance in the most stringent standards of performance. Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission are committed to providing the highest quality care to their patients.
Joint Replacement Certification
IU Health Bloomington Hospital holds certification in total hip replacement and total knee replacement from the Joint Commission. This certification demonstrates that IU Health Bloomington Hospital has met high quality and patient safety standards as related to joint replacement surgery. IU Health Bloomington Hospital uses evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and continuously monitors and seeks to improve the quality of its joint replacement program.
IU Health Bloomington Hospital holds Magnet designation, which means its nurses rank in the top tier of nurses nationwide. The Magnet Recognition Program® was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to recognize healthcare organizations that provide nursing excellence. The program also provides a vehicle for disseminating successful nursing practices and strategies.
Recognizing quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice, the Magnet Recognition Program provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care that they can expect to receive. When U.S.News & World Report publishes its annual showcase of "America's Best Hospitals," being an ANCC Magnet® organization contributes to the total score for quality of inpatient care.
IU Health Bloomington Hospital has been recognized again as one of the nation’s Most Improved, according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. We were also recognized in 2008.
NATIONAL ACCREDITATION PROGRAM FOR BREAST CENTERS (NAPBC)
IU Health Bloomington Hospital has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a consortium of professionals within the American College of Surgeons Cancer Programs. The accreditation recognizes IU Health Bloomington Hospital for voluntary commitment to providing the best possible care, dedication to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.
To receive accreditation, each breast center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with NAPBC Standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must monitor compliance with NAPBC Standards to ensure quality care, and undergo an on-site review every three years.
PRIMARY STROKE CENTER
IU Health Bloomington Hospital earned Primary Stroke Center certification by the Joint Commission for ensuring that stroke care is coordinated throughout the hospital and standards of care are consistent 24/7. The certification recognizes IU Health Bloomington Hospital for following national standards and making exceptional efforts to foster better patient outcomes for stroke care.
To be a certified primary stroke center, hospitals must use a standardized method of delivering care based on the Brain Attack Coalition recommendations, design treatments to fit each individual patient’s needs, communicate with patients and other healthcare providers in order to provide consistent and quality care, continually analyze data and work to improve stroke care for the benefit of the patient.
SOCIETY OF CHEST PAIN CENTERS
IU Health Bloomington Hospital has been recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). The accreditation, a mark of excellence, stems from IU Health Bloomington Hospital’s commitment to having a world-class cardiovascular program and meeting nationally established standards of best practice and emphasizes our commitment to providing the best care possible. Accreditation is granted only to those facilities whose chest pain centers’ processes meet or exceed the criteria established by the Society of Chain Pain Centers’ Accreditation Committee.
NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders)
NICHE is the leading nurse driven program designed to help hospitals improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65 and over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. NICHE designation demonstrates the hospital commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital or other healthcare organization's efforts to serve its communities.