DNV Grants Kaleida Health Full Accreditation

Released: 12/1/2010

3-year term requires annual survey.



On November 29, 2010, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) Healthcare, Inc. sent President and CEO James R. Kaskie a much anticipated letter awarding Kaleida Health and applicable facilities full accreditation for a three (3) year term.  The newly granted accreditation does require an annual survey and continual compliance with the DNVHC Accreditation Process.

Kaleida Health is the first healthcare system in Western New York to partner with DNV Healthcare Inc. and pursue ISO 9001 compliance.  “Kaleida is very fortunate to have a Board of Directors, leadership team and employees collectively resolve to focus on relevant improvement strategies, with guidance and accountability from the DNV experts,” said Mary Pruski, VP & Chief Quality Officer.

DNV Healthcare Inc. is a 114-year old company based in Norway with two offices in the United States.  It received its authority from CMS in late September 2008 and is now conducting hospital surveys in the United States.

With corporate offices in Houston, TX and Cincinnati, OH, DNV focuses on a highly collaborative annual survey process and aims to turn accreditation into a strategic business advantage. DNV’s National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organization’s (NIAHO) standards integrate requirements for CMS with the internationally known ISO 9001 standard for formation and implementation of the Quality Management System. These standards ensure it is taking all necessary steps to deliver safe and effective healthcare services to patients.

ISO 9001 is recognized by businesses around the world as the benchmark for continual quality improvement. Innovative hospitals have started embracing ISO as a way to identify and focus on the most successful approaches to patient care, billing and other critical aspects of running a modern hospital.

The new DNV NIAHO program is not only a new option for accreditation; it is an entirely new approach to accreditation. NIAHO focuses not simply on auditing the hospital’s business processes but on finding better ways to do things in every department.