The Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Israel was awarded on Friday (28.6.2013) the highest level of international accreditation as an "outstanding" clinical and academic institution. The accreditation was awarded to Sheba following a grueling three-year review process conducted by the American-based "Joint Commission International" (JCI), the world's leading testing and standards institute for the healthcare profession.
The JCI evaluated over 1,600 parameters in reviewing the clinical treatment, safety standards, education protocols and scientific research activities of the medical center. The final JCI report contains 16 lengthy chapters, and was termed an "excellent" report by the JCI chief investigator and her team of five investigators.
Sheba Medical Center is the first Israeli hospital and one of the first in the world to receive JCI accreditation as an academic teaching center, in addition to being a clinical treatment center. The standards for such additional academic accreditation were introduced by the JCI only one year ago. This additional element involved investigation of human clinical trials at Sheba, as well as education protocols for medical interns, residents and medical personnel from around the world who train at Sheba.
The director of the hospital, Prof. Zeev Rotstein, expressed great satisfaction at the JCI announcement, and thanked the medical and administrative faculty of Sheba for its commitment to excellence and patient well-being.
The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer (www.sheba.co.il) is the most comprehensive medical center in Israel and the Middle East, combining six major facilities: a vast medical research complex, medical education academic campus, acute care hospital, children's hospital, women's hospital, the country's main rehabilitation hospital, and the world's leading medical simulation center. Sheba comprises 64 medical departments; 75 laboratories; 110 outpatient clinics; 1,000 doctors; 2,000 nurses; 1,000 paramedic professionals; 1,450 technicians and support staff; and 1,700 hospital beds. Sheba conducts 46,000 operations annually, and handles 1.5 million patient visits a year.
Learn more about the Sheba Medical Center at http://eng.sheba.co.il