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Sicily’s Transplant Hospital ISMETT Receives JCI Accreditation

The Istituto Mediterraneo per i Trapianti e Terapie ad Alta Specializzazione (ISMETT), operated by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Palermo, Italy, has become the first hospital in southern Italy to receive accreditation from the Joint Commission International (JCI). This achievement by one of Europe’s leading transplant centers is based on an extensive review of ISMETT’s patient safety and quality standards and processes.

“We voluntarily chose to apply for accreditation from JCI, an independent, non-profit organization recognized worldwide, to verify that we are meeting the highest standards of safety and quality,” said Bruno Gridelli, M.D., ISMETT director. “Our patients and the Regional Health Service, of which we are an integral and increasingly active part, can be confident that they are being served by a world-class facility.” A team of Joint Commission surveyors visited ISMETT for four days in November.

JCI’s thorough accreditation process focuses on determining whether a health care facility has the right systems and processes in place to support high-quality and safe patient care and has the culture and capacity to continuously improve care. JCI’s surveyors examine crucial issues such as the safe use of medications, infection prevention and control, patient assessment and patient rights. The process requires hospitals to demonstrate a track record of standards compliance and relies on candid interviews with patients, nurses and physicians about care practices.

JCI’s accreditation process also incorporates standards related to quality improvement and patient safety, governance, facility management, staff qualifications and education, and management of information. ISMETT joins several other UPMC international facilities with JCI accreditation: the independent UPMC Beacon Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, and two cancer centers operated by UPMC in Waterford and Dublin, Ireland.

By leveraging its medical, technological and management expertise in Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Cyprus and other countries, UPMC generates revenue that it can reinvest in its health care and research mission at home and abroad.



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