The Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute here has recently been accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) for its quality services in cancer care.
The NABH is a constituent of Quality Council of India to operate accreditation programmes for healthcare organisations. This is the third accreditation for the hospital after being recognised by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS).
At a function held on Friday in the hospital premises to celebrate the occasion, the hospital chairman and film actor N. Balakrishna said the next target was to get accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations which ran programmes in Asia, Europe, Middle East and South America. It would be achieved soon.
He said the hospital joined the NABH programme two years ago during which period it acquired latest equipment.
The chief executive officer R.P. Singh said the hospital met more than 500 standards -- from housekeeping to attention by doctors in getting the NABH recognition. The accreditation was a commitment by the hospital to improve services further because the NABH standards kept revising and they had to be maintained.
The chief radiation oncologist A.K. Raju recalled how the doctors and staff got busy whenever NABH inspections took place. The senior surgical oncologist K.V.V.N. Raju said more elaborate research studies were required to pass certification at international level.