FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 18, 2013
Springfield, MO – Ozarks Community Hospital (OCH) was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) an independent accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of hospital policies, quality and safety standards.
“Ozarks Community Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care,” said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. “We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Ozarks Community Hospital met or exceeded standards in every case.”
OCH has been accredited by HFAP for 12 years.
“Our HFAP accreditation is the result of the many hours of hard work and dedication in combination with the great patient care that staff provides every day,” said Karla Myers, Chief Nursing Officer, who lead hospital accreditation efforts. “Receiving accreditation is a major achievement that demonstrates the hard work and effort put forth by all of our employees.”
The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies.
Ozarks Community Hospital is a 45-bed acute care provider-based facility located in Springfield, Mo. OCH offers a wide range of services including a 24-Hour Emergency Room and variety of specialists. OCH operates another hospital in Northwest Arkansas and 14 clinics serving communities throughout the Ozarks. Visit www.OCHonline.com.
###Andrea Harp, Communications Manager Office: (417) 874-4523 Cell: (417) 894-5071 Email: [email protected]