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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center awarded 3-year national reaccreditation


Thu, Jul 21st 2016 04:05 pm

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center was awarded a three-year reaccreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after the HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the quality and safety standards of the medical center and its satellite locations.

"Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care," said Lawrence Haspel, D.O., chairman of the bureau of healthcare facilities accreditation for the HFAP. "We base our decision on federal standards as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement and environmental safety. Niagara Falls Memorial met or exceeded the standards in every case."

"We're proud to achieve this prestigious distinction," said Memorial President and CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo. "The awarding of the HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals."

HFAP is a nationally recognized not-for-profit accreditation organization with deeming authority from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Created in 1945, the HFAP is the oldest accrediting body in the country. The HFAP surveying process and standards benefit from oversight by a wide range of medical professionals, including both allopathic and osteopathic disciplines. The HFAP accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations and insurance companies. For more information about the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Programs, go to: www.hfap.org.

In 2015, the HFAP was acquired by the Accreditation Association, a family of organizations committed to developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research. Accreditation Association organizations include the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems, AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement and Acreditas Global.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a 171-bed regional hospital system serving patients from Western New York, Southern Ontario and beyond. Its inpatient services include cardiac, stroke, medical-surgical and behavioral health care. Satellite sites, including seven primary care physician offices and the new Golisano Center for Community Health, provide a full range of medical, diagnostic and mental health services. Memorial's experienced surgeons specialize in minimally invasive and robotic bariatric, gynecological, gastrointestinal, orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures. To learn more, visit NFMMC.org.

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