By YVONNE HAIP
MENDI General Hospital in Mendi, Southern Highlands province, is undergoing an accreditation assessment which started yesterday.
This assessment is being conducted by a team comprising officials from various hospitals, the Health Department and AusAID.
The team will be looking at the hospital’s standards to determine the its ranking.
Among the team members are hospital standard surveyors chief executive officers Elias Kapavore (Vanimo) and Christina Gawi (Madang), clinical surveyors Dr James Kintwa (Mt Hagen) and Dr Noel Yaubihi (Alotau), AusAID standard and accreditation adviser Graeme Houghton and secretary Miva Morabang.
Mendi CEO Joseph Turian said the hospital was currently ranked as a three-star facility after the last survey in July 2008.
“The team will be focusing on six aspects, patient care, leadership and management, human resources management, environment and infection control, information management and improving performance.
“The team will also be assessing how the staff manages cases, especially how they treat patients when vital equipment and medication are not available,” he said.
Mr Turian said the hospital had been striving over the years to provide quality health service to the people in the province.
He said the team would be inspecting all the wards, as well as the post natal clinic, children and adult outpatients, operating theatres, sterilisation unit, nursery, Ninna Clinic, blood bank and the eye clinic, which were under the nursing services division.
The team is also expected to assess the corporate service division and its catering service, laundry service, maintenance division, stores, transport system, security, accounts and revenue, human resources management, the offices of the director of medical and nursing services.
Under medical services , the team will look into the hospital’s pathology and biomedical departments, pharmacy, mortuary service, dental, X-ray and physiotherapy units, as well as the management of information, general patient care, and environment and infection control.
Mr Turian said the results of the survey would be used to improve the hospital’s delivery service and performance.