Pohlen meets high stan­dards

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

For the first time, Pohlen Hospi­tal has re­ceived a four-year cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pe­riod fol­low­ing its au­dit in Jan­uary against the Health and Dis­abil­ity Sec­tor Stan­dards and Aged Res­i­den­tial Care Con­tracts.

Pohlen Hospi­tal was as­sessed against 210 dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria and re­ceived three con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment rat­ings, 206 fully at­tained and just one par­tial.

Four-year cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is one of the high­est rat­ings to be re­ceived and pro­vides pa­tients and fam­i­lies with peace of mind that they are re­ceiv­ing care that meets an ex­tremely high stan­dard.

The in­dus­try av­er­age for cer­tifi- cation is three years and Pohlen Hospi­tal chief ex­ec­u­tive An­ton Turner said they were de­lighted.

‘‘This is a huge feather in our cap to achieve this level of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. For a lit­tle place like Pohlen, this re­ally is a mar­vel­lous achieve­ment,’’ Mr Turner said.

‘‘We are clas­si­fied by the Min­istry of Health as a hospi­tal and not an aged care fa­cil­ity and yet we still com­pare our­selves to the aged care in­dus­try where there are over 600 fa­cil­i­ties and only 15 of them have four-year cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, so this re­ally is a big deal.’’

Mr Turner said there was never an ex­pec­ta­tion to get four-year cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and what it means is that the Min­istry of Health and mem­bers of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity can have con­fi­dence in the ser­vices that are be­ing pro­vided.

‘‘ Our per­for­mance in cer­tifi- cation au­dits has been get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter over the last six years. This is a re­flec­tion of the won­der­ful staff we have and all the work that they have put in to mak­ing our ser­vices what they are to­day. I would par­tic­u­larly like to thank clin­i­cal nurse leader Lo­raine Je­cen­tho, nurse man­ager Martin Miles and my per­sonal as­sis­tant Suellen Woods for do­ing lots of work to keep all the doc­u­men­ta­tion and qual­ity sys­tems up to date. These are just a few of the peo­ple who need to be ac­knowl­edged,’’ Mr Turner said.

‘‘The com­mu­nity can be justly proud of their hospi­tal.’’

Proud: Pohlen Hospi­tal Board of Trus­tees mem­bers Leonie Tisch, David Gasquoine, Dun­can Water­son, Robin Steed, Suellen Woods, An­ton Turner, Garry Stan­ley and Peter Thissen.

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