Health system celebrates certification
In an effort to adopt the same standards as many of the companies with which it does business, Franciscan Alliance’s WorkingWell Occupational Healthcare became ISO-certified. It became the first occupational health care facility worldwide to achieve the certification.
The Crown Point WorkingWell clinic received it’s ISO certification Thursday during the Innovators Cafe meeting at Franciscan Point, which houses the clinic. The Crown Point WorkingWell clinic is the second of the system’s five clinics to receive the international standards certification.
Chris Vanni, regional manager of performance improvement for Franciscan Alliance, said she hopes the final three clinics will receive certification by the end of the second quarter.
The first certification was received last year by Franciscan St. Anthony in Michigan City.
Tim Ross, regional director for WorkingWell, said the certification is most commonly used in business, particularly in industries such as steel and manufacturing. He said it was something WorkingWell chose to pursue, but it wasn’t required.
“We want to be there and do the same kind of quality management they understand,” he said.
Nationally, 13 hospitals have the certification, but WorkingWell is the first occupational health facility to receive the designation, Ross said. The clinics will receive annual audits for certification.
Dave Ruskowski, president of Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Crown Point, said the WorkingWell clinic in Crown Point wasn’t scheduled to be stationed in Franciscan Point, but Ross said that location made the most sense, particularly because it provides a kind of one-stop shopping for medical care.
Gene Diamond, regional CEO of the Franciscan Alliance, said the health system is learning as it goes with the ISO certification, but he anticipates seeing the designation move into other areas within Franciscan Alliance.