Debswana says its Jwaneng Mine hospital has been awarded the prestigious Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) accreditation for the fourth time. According to the company, the hospital was the first to be COHSASA accredited in Botswana in 2002 and has continued to demonstrate high levels of service and patient care. Debswana’s other health facility, the Orapa hospital is also COHSASA accredited.
“The accreditation reassures stakeholders that patients receiving care and treatment at Jwaneng Mine Hospital have access to top of the range facilities and quality health services,” the mine said.
“Such facilities include systems based on best practice to ensure that the hospital functions according to quality standards, service improvement monitoring systems, clearly defined methods of interacting with patients to ensure their well-being, maximum efficiency, appropriate staff development and training programs and a safe and clean environment for staff, patients and visitors.”
The hospital renders quality service to communities in Jwaneng and surrounding areas within a 200km radius. Currently, Jwaneng Mine Hospital boasts 55 beds, 12 doctors (including 2 dentists), 59 nurses, and support departments inclusive of a laboratory, radiography, physiotherapy, and pharmacy.
“Standards set by the accreditation body are complex and requires high levels of commitment by all team members to accomplish. Areas of focus include quality of management and leadership, patients’ rights, risk, quality improvement and infection control, medical, surgical and maternity care.”
COHSASA is the only internationally accredited quality improvement and accreditation body for healthcare facilities based in Africa. In the past 19 years over 600 facilities throughout the continent have entered the COHSASA programme to improve the quality and safety of the healthcare services they provide to patients.
Jwaneng Mine will host an event to celebrate this milestone on Friday 20th March 2015 at 6pm at Debswana Club.