Amana Healthcare, a specialized provider of long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation and home transition and respite care services in the United Arab Emirates, has received accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI), the worldwide leader in improving the quality of healthcare, for its long-term medical and rehabilitation hospital in Al Ain. 

JCI’s on-site evaluation of Amana Healthcare was conducted by a team of international health care experts including doctors, nurses and administrators.

Achieving JCI accreditation so soon after opening is a testimony to Amana Healthcare’s focus on excellence in clinical care, patient safety and quality of life.  “We are delighted at this acknowledgement from Joint Commission International that Amana provides healthcare at international standards,” said Magi Livadaris, VP for Clinical Operations at Amana Healthcare.  “Obtaining JCI accreditation validates the commitment of the entire Amana Healthcare team – including Amana’s specialist physicians, nurses, therapy staff and administrators – to ensure that every aspect of care at Amana meets or exceeds international standards of quality and excellence.”

In her message of congratulations to Amana Healthcare, Ann K. Jacobson, Executive Director for International Accreditation at Joint Commission International, said: “The citizens of the United Arab Emirates should be proud that Amana Healthcare is focusing on this most challenging goal.”  “Health care organizations around the world want to create environments that focus on quality, safety and continuous improvement,” said Paula Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, JCI. “Accreditation meets this demand by stimulating continuous, systematic improvements in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of patient care.”

Amana Healthcare presented several innovations to the JCI team including the GCC’s first dedicated in-hospital special education program and a far-reaching social integration and quality of life program for medically complex patients.  “We take clinical excellence, patient safety and quality of care very seriously and sought accreditation because we want to provide the best care possible for our patients,” said Sally Sodergren, Director of Clinical Operations at Amana Healthcare in Al Ain.  “By granting Amana Healthcare full accreditation, JCI has confirmed what our patients and their families have already come to expect – excellence in clinical care and an unwavering commitment to international standards.”

Amana Healthcare was established with the philosophy “to provide each patient with the
right type of care, in the right setting, at the right time” and a mission to “deliver the highest global standard of clinical, rehabilitative and pastoral care to non- acute patients by using innovative care models characterized by strong cultural and religious adaptation, an emphasis on evidence-based medicine and a commitment to international standards of care.”  JCI Standards focus on areas that most directly impact patient care. These include both clinical care and organizational management standards, such as access to care, assessment of patients, infection control, patient and family rights, and education. Standards also address facility management and safety, staff qualifications, quality improvement and patient safety, organizational governance and leadership, and management of information and communications.

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