DOVER -- Union Hospital in Dover announced that is has achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the newest and first Medicare-approved hospital accreditation program that integrates the ISO 9001 quality management system with the Medicare hospital standards. DNV requires the organization to evaluate the continuum of patient care throughout the hospital and take measured steps to improve when it is warranted.

"The DNV program is consistent with our long-term commitment to patient safety and total quality," said Carey Gardner, director of development and community relations. "The ability to integrate the ISO 9001 quality management system with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward."

Gardner explained that ISO 9001 is an international quality management standard that applies to all types of organizations regardless of size or whether they produce a product or provide a service. ISO 9001 standards of quality are recognized and respected throughout the world.

Gardner said Union Hospital was among the first hospitals in Ohio to achieve DNV accreditation when it was initially received in 2009.

He said DNV surveyors track the care of patients across various departments and patient care areas.

The survey is unannounced in advance and hospital staff does not know when the surveyors will arrive.

Michael Hovan of Dover, chairman of the hospital's board of trustees, thanked the hospital staff and physicians for their efforts that resulted in a successful DNV accreditation outcome.

"It requires a hospital wide effort to continuously meet standards and constantly seek to improve quality. In the process we have obtained our re-accreditation by DNV and also met ISO standards. Clearly, Union Hospital was well prepared and at the top of its game when the DNV survey team arrived," Hovan said.

Gardner said being accredited allows Union Hospital to receive reimbursement for its patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

The accreditation period is three years.

DNV Healthcare Inc. is based in Cincinnati and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Det Norske Veritas, a global independent foundation dedicated to safeguarding life, property and the environment.