Lebanon to Tap into Canadian Expertise

    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Accreditation Canada International has
been commissioned to carry out accreditation assessments for health care
institutions in Lebanon on behalf of the Ministry of Public Health. The
Lebanese Ministry has turned to Accreditation Canada for its expertise in
assessing the quality and safety in health care facilities.
    Accreditation Canada has teamed up with a local firm, the United
Management Bureau (UMB) to meet the specialized needs of the Lebanese Health
Care Accreditation Framework. The work will include the training of local
surveyors and the assessing of hospitals which will lead to an understanding
and plan for necessary improvements and recommendations. The partnership with
UMB will maximize the benefit of shared extensive experience - UMB with their
expertise in management systems coupled with Accreditation Canada's excellent
knowledge and understanding of principles of accreditation.
    The quality of hospital care in Lebanon has moved from a focus on
physical structure and equipment to a multidimensional approach, emphasizing
managerial processes, performance and output indicators. "Quality improvement
principles and hospital accreditation address issues of quality of care
deficiencies and harmful/wasteful practices. This partnership between
Accreditation Canada and UMB is essential to implement the mandate of
supporting the Lebanese Ministry improve quality and safety of care in
Lebanon", said Mohamad Fawaz, Managing Partner at UMB.
    Using Lebanese standards, the partnership between Accreditation Canada
and UMB will play a key role in assisting in the objective of upgrading the
quality and safety of care in Lebanon. "The breadth and reach of the focus
quality and safety in health care continues to expand. Our experience and
flexibility is a benefit which we bring to international markets with pride,"
said Wendy Nicklin, President and CEO, Accreditation Canada.

    Accreditation Canada International specializes in exporting health
accreditation expertise to global frontiers. Accreditation Canada
(www.accreditation.ca) is a not-for-profit, independent organization that
provides national and international health and social service organizations
with a voluntary, external peer review to assess the quality of their services
based on standards of excellence. Accreditation Canada's programs and guidance
have been helping organizations strive for excellence for more than 50 years.

For further information:

For further information: Liane Craig, Director, Strategic
Communications, Accreditation Canada, 1-800-814-7769 ext. 301,

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