TA­PION Hos­pi­tal: An Ac­cred­ited In­sti­tu­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

At a time when St Lu­cia is cel­e­brat­ing its 36th an­niver­sary of In­de­pen­dence, it is op­por­tune to fo­cus on some of the in­sti­tu­tions that add value to our coun­try. One of th­ese is un­doubt­edly Ta­pion Hos­pi­tal which comes highly ac­cred­ited with stan­dards that are on par with hos­pi­tals in the de­vel­oped world. In fact, Ta­pion’s mission state­ment tells it all:

“We will pro­vide our pa­tients with the best pos­si­ble emer­gency and fol­low-up safe care in a pro­fes­sional, cour­te­ous, non-judg­men­tal and ef­fi­cient man­ner, pro­vid­ing the in­for­ma­tion that pa­tients re­quire, in a way that they can un­der­stand”.

In the 17 years since its estab­lish­ment, Ta­pion Hos­pi­tal has set out ev­ery sin­gle day to live up to that prom­ise. As the first ever pri­vate hos­pi­tal in St. Lu­cia, Ta­pion has raised the bar for med­i­cal and health care in St. Lu­cia, to which ev­ery pa­tient who goes through its doors can at­test.

Although staffed mainly by lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als, Ta­pion has been steadily build­ing lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional af­fil­i­a­tions that have not only boosted its ex­per­tise, but also pro­vided the foun­da­tion for its pur­suit of the high­est pro­fes­sional prac­tices that are to be ex­pected at any qual­ity hos­pi­tal.

One of Ta­pion’s most re­cent af­fil­i­a­tions, of which many St. Lu­cians may be un­aware, is its awards of Gold ac­cred­i­ta­tion in 2010 and Plat­inum in 2013 by Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Canada In­ter­na­tional, the first Eastern Caribbean hos­pi­tal to be so hon­oured. Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Canada In­ter­na­tional was cre­ated to pro­vide ac­cred­i­ta­tion to hos­pi­tals, clin­ics, pri­mary care cen­ters and health sys­tems.

Ta­pion Hos­pi­tal par­tic­i­pates in on-go­ing self eval­u­a­tion, peer re­view and ed­u­ca­tion to con­tin­u­ously im­prove its care, safety and ser­vices. The or­ga­ni­za­tion also com­mits to a thor­ough, on-site sur­vey by the Canadian Qmen­tum In­ter­na­tional Ac­cred­i­ta­tion sur­vey­ors, who are them­selves health care pro­fes­sion­als, to en­sure that it es­tab­lishes re­view­ing, and re­vis­ing stan­dards, mea­sur­ing per­for­mance, and pro­vid­ing con­sul­ta­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

Ex­plain­ing what that meant, a Ta­pion Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cial said: “The pos­si­ble benefits are enor­mous, not only for our hos­pi­tal but also for our tourism prod­uct, as this rep­re­sents a step­ping stone for a des­ti­na­tion in the eyes of the ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tourism in­dus­try play­ers.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion with Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Canada In­ter­na­tional also arose out of Ta­pion Hos­pi­tal’s pur­suit of ex­cel­lence. The of­fi­cial said: “We sought out a tool in which we could pro­mote a cul­ture of ex­cel­lence and mea­sure it. Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Canada pro­vided the tem­plate through the devel­op­ment of Re­quired Or­ga­ni­za­tional Prac­tices. Th­ese are in place to en­hance pa­tients’ qual­ity care, safety and to min­i­mize risk.”

Of course, Ta­pion Hos­pi­tal has es­tab­lished a num­ber of other af­fil­i­a­tions with med­i­cal and health in­sti­tu­tions lo­cally and over­seas, par­tic­u­larly in North Amer­ica, the over­all in­ten­tion be­ing that such link­ages, in­clud­ing our co­op­er­a­tion with Mar­tinique, and our com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions to the World Pe­di­atrics Foun­da­tion an­nual car­diac mission will re­dound to the ben­e­fit of the hos­pi­tal and by ex­ten­sion, to its pa­tients.

The pri­vately run med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion, Ta­pion Hos­pi­tal.

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