KIGALI - Only a day after unveiling Rwanda’s first ever Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machine (MRI), King Faisal Hospital, Kigali (KFH,K), received the highly awaited results of the final survey for an International accreditation program, with the hospital scoring a record high of 98 percent.
According to the hospital, the surveyors from the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA), presented the preliminary results of the final survey to KFH,K management on Friday evening.
“I am glad to say that we made it and made it in the big way and in record time,” Dr. Juliet Mbabazi, the hospital’s acting CEO said.
From November 15–19, the COHSASA surveyors went through all documents and evidence of the clinical and non clinical services at the hospital and were particularly impressed by the major achievements realized by the hospital in only 9 months since their last survey in February 2010.
Services provided by the hospital were evaluated for performance including cross-cutting services like management and leadership; access to care; management of information; prevention and control of infections; health and safety; quality management; and patient and family rights.
The quality improvement and accreditation process started in June 2008.
To be fully accredited, a hospital has to score 90 percent or more in every service element.
With this accreditation program, KFH- Kigali is the first hospital in Africa with the exception of South Africa government supported hospitals to attain this level of “Accreditation” in a period of two years.
KFH, Kigali is also the first hospital in the region to get accredited.
The accreditation process started last year after the Ministry of Health approved a strategic plan to turn the hospital into a world-class “centre of excellence” status.
COHSASA carries out internal and external assessments using international standards.
Founded in 1991, the hospital is Rwanda’s premium referral hospital and has 145 beds.
It operates as an acute care facility with full-time specialists in most major fields.