Initiative part of hospital's comprehensive approach to quality
TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital (JMBH) announced today that a three-year contract has been awarded to Vendor Credentialing Services Canada (VCS) under which VCS will provide the hospital with credentialing,
compliance and access program for vendors. As part of a comprehensive
approach to the improvement of patient and community safety, the system
will allow JBMH to ensure that all employees of third party vendors
have met their credentialing, vaccination, patient privacy training and
job-specific training criteria. It will also provide the hospital with
detailed information regarding who was in the hospital, when they were
there and for what purpose.
"We are very happy with our new partnership with VCS and look forward to
working with them," said Eric Vandewall, President & CEO, Joseph Brant
Memorial Hospital. "Through our partnership with VCS, we will be able
to implement a best-in-class credentialing system that will enhance our
ability to deliver the best possible patient experience."
"We are extremely proud to have been selected by JBMH as their vendor
credentialing supplier of choice, said Michelle Floh, CEO, VCS Canada.
"The vision of JBMH - one that puts a clear priority upon patient
safety - is one that will progressively define healthcare in Canada. It
is this perspective that will shift the burden of compliance for
patient safety and privacy to the vendors and away from the hospital.
At VCS, we believe that vendors and third party suppliers should be the
ones who are accountable for credentialing and compliance to emerging
The VCS credentialing solution requires third party vendors,
representatives and contractors to check in at a kiosk located at the
hospital entrance. The system then checks not only that the company and
representative name is correct, but also that the representative's
immunizations, criminal background check, liability insurance and
job-specific training are all up to date and in compliance with
hospital requirements. The vendor then receives a picture badge for
easy recognition , eliminating unauthorized vendors or service people
from entering, including people who may have expired insurance, out of
date immunizations, or other violations of hospital compliance codes. We are also the only Canadian credentialing, training and access system currently available.
"VCS Canada aligns with our efforts to improve quality of care of our
patients by credentialing and tracking our vendors free of charge to
the hospital. In turn, vendors and third party suppliers will pay
minimal fees for credentialing and subsequent training," added Gord
Savelli, Director, Hospital Support Services at Joseph Brand Memorial
It is expected that all vendors will be registered and have received
required training by April 30th 2012.
About Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital
At JBMH, we are committed to providing safe, quality care and great
service to our community, patients and families. The hospital serves
over 250,000 residents from Halton and Hamilton, including Stoney
Creek, Waterdown and Flamborough.
About VCS Canada
Vendor Credentialing Services Canada is a Canadian vendor management
company that protects institutions through credentialing, training and
monitoring vendors. Though the need for credentialing is most clearly
articulated within hospitals, VCS Canada can and will continue to
address the emerging requirements for credentialing in all relevant
markets. Call 1-877-885-1420
SOURCE Vendor Credentialing Services Canada
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416-599-0024 ext. 229
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