Hospital applying for int’l accreditation

PURSUING its move to go beyond borders, the Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) is securing an international accreditation that would assure clients, even those from abroad, that the medical facility provides quality healthcare.

Maria Melissa B. Anino, head of corporate communication of DDH, said they are applying for Accreditation Canada International (ACI), an accreditation body that focuses on healthcare and hospitals.

“We have taken this journey for the hospital to go beyond borders. If we want to go beyond borders, our services should be at par with the international standards,” Anino told reporters in an interview at the hospital.

The hospital, she said, has been preparing for ACI application since two years ago.

Part of the preparation, Maria Karina M. Santos, director of learning and development department of DDH, said they are offering trainings to enhance the skills of the personnel of the hospital.

“We want to make sure that their skills at par with the international standards,” Santos said.

The 250-bed capacity DDH, she said, has currently about 800 personnel.

DDH is the first ISO-accredited hospital in the region and the second in the country that recognized the hospital’s service excellence. In May 2008, the 34% of the shareholdings of the hospital was acquired by Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

The hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and intensive care facilities.

“Hopefully, we will be the first in the region to be ACI-accredited,” Santos said. (By Kristianne M. Fusilero)

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