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Irish Cancer Centers earn prestigious quality award

Beacon Cancer Centre and UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre in Ireland, operated by UPMC Cancer Centers Ireland, have been awarded the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in recognition of their commitment to quality care and high standards for safety and hygiene. The JCI hospital standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic, and organization-wide improvement in daily performance and patient outcomes.

“In the current important debate about the quality of patient care, what should not be overlooked is that many of the independent/private hospitals are fastidious in their approach to the provision of the highest quality of patient care,” says Michael Costelloe, managing director, UPMC Ireland.

“The fact that UPMC Cancer Centers Ireland has achieved this voluntary international quality standards accreditation from the Joint Commission International demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards in health care.

“The staff at both Beacon Cancer Centre and UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre should be commended for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional patient care in an environment where quality and achievement of optimal clinical outcomes are of the utmost importance,” says Mr. Costelloe.

The JCI is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health care services throughout the world. Its standards — initially developed in the United States by a 16-member international task force composed of physicians, nurses, administrators, and public policy makers — are considered among the highest in the United States. The JCI has accredited more than 140 hospitals in 27 countries.

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