For the first time in years, Eastern Niagara Hospital has received accreditation, Chief Executive Office Anne E. McCaffrey announced.
Four surveyors from a European accredited certification body, DNV GL, visited the hospital early last month and determined the hospital met or exceeded standards for quality management, operations and physical environment set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
McCaffrey said the hospital has not been accredited in about 15 to 20 years, during which time the state Department of Health conducted reviews every three years to ensure the hospital met care standards. To maintain its accreditation, ENH will have to undergo annual reviews by DNV GL.
"That’s a big accomplishment for us that we’re very proud of," McCaffrey said.
In December 2017, ENH announced it would seek to enter an "active parent model" with Kaleida Health. ENH remains a separate legal entity and retains its own board of directors, though Kaleida's board has ultimate control over the hospital and its affiliates.
McCaffrey said ENH selected DNV GL because it accredited other Kaleida affiliates.
"We felt it would ensure that consistency among the Kaleida affiliates," McCaffrey said.
McCaffrey also announced that, starting in July, ENH's emergency department will be staffed by the UBMB Emergency Medicine physicians group, which also staffs Kaleida affiliates Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital. ENH is currently staffed by Keystone Medical Practices, which also contracts with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Olean General Hospital.
“We felt that as we continue the affiliation, we want to have that continuity of care with Millard Fillmore Suburban and the other (Kaleida) hospitals," she said.