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Joint Commission International Accredits Johns Hopkins-Managed Hospital Punta Pacifica in Panama - 09/30/2011

Joint Commission International Accredits Johns Hopkins-Managed Hospital Punta Pacifica in Panama

Release Date: September 30, 2011
Hospital Punta Pacifica (HPP) in Panama City, Panama, has been awarded the official accreditation of Joint Commission International (JCI). Johns Hopkins Medicine International — the Baltimore, Maryland, USA-based international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine — assisted Hospital Punta Pacifica in its preparation for the JCI accreditation review by providing rigorous training for the HPP staff in quality, patient safety, infection control, leadership, nursing and human resource management, and by conducting assessments and mock surveys.

Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation demonstrates the firm commitment of a health care organization to continuously improving patient safety and the delivery of medical care. It sets high health care standards that clearly define the principles and processes needed to assess the key functions of acute care organizations and helps to ensure that health care delivery is in line with these standards.

“Hospital Punta Pacifica has reached a very important milestone, and we commend its physicians, management team, nursing staff, and all the ancillary and support staff for their commitment to providing medical care that meets the highest international standards of safety and quality,” says Steve Thompson, chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine International. “We believe that this very important designation will help HPP to maintain and enhance its position as one of the leaders in health care in the region. It demonstrates the commitment of HPP and its dedicated personnel to provide world-class health care to the local community and beyond.”

“This accreditation validates the efforts that our medical and management teams have undertaken throughout the years to position Hospital Punta Pacífica as a model private health care institution, to raise the standards of the health care in the region and to deliver world-class medical care to Panama’s citizens,” says Richard Larison, chief executive officer of Hospital Punta Pacífica.

“Not only is JCI accreditation a significant achievement for our hospital, but it is also an important milestone for health care in Panama, as it marks a new era in the delivery of medical services for Panamanian hospitals and their patients,” says Dr. Moises Zebede, chief medical officer of Hospital Punta Pacifica. “This accreditation attests to the firm commitment of the physician and nursing community in Panama to providing world-class care to its patients through international collaborations, such as the one between HPP and Johns Hopkins Medicine. It allows us to bring the latest achievements in patient safety, quality control and clinical best practices to our community and the region.”

HPP, a 74-bed medical center in the heart of Panama City, signed a management agreement with Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) in 2008, the first in Latin America. The agreement includes collaborations in of infection control, patient safety, knowledge transfer, clinical program development, nursing and hospital administration.
About Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine unites physicians and scientists of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with the organizations, health professionals and facilities of the Johns Hopkins Health System. The mission of Johns Hopkins Medicine is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine has provided international leadership in the education of physicians and medical scientists in biomedical research and in the application of medical knowledge to sustain health since The Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889. 

About Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) facilitates the global expansion of the Johns Hopkins Medicine mission: to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. JHI provides personalized, culturally appropriate care for patients traveling from outside Maryland and the United States, and for local patients with limited English proficiency. JHI also leverages Hopkins’ extensive knowledge base in medicine, nursing, public health, business and health care administration to provide services in hospital management, health care consulting and clinical education through strategic alliances and affiliations throughout the world.

About Hospital Punta Pacifica

Opened in March 2006, Panama’s Hospital Punta Pacifica has been managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International since 2008. The day-to-day operational oversight includes collaboration in the development of medical programs, patient safety and quality improvement initiatives, and training for physicians, nursing and administrative personnel.
The hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and clinical care to patients in the region, as well as educational and training opportunities for those providing care.

• Located in a rapidly developing commercial area of Panama City
• Seven-floor facility with over 500,000 square feet
• 74-bed private hospital
• A general hospital specializing in women’s health, cardiology, neurology, general surgeries, orthopedic and IVF programs
• Comprehensive range of services, including radiological and surgical procedures
• Approximately 210 physician offices, 285 medical specialists from various specialties and 950 credentialed physicians
• An ICU, a CATH lab, four operating rooms and an emergency facility

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