HealthBridge Children's Hospital - Houston Receives New Quality-Based Accreditation from DNV HealthCare

HealthBridge Children's Hospital-Houston, today announces that it has achieved national accreditation from DNV Healthcare, the newest and first Medicare-approved hospital accreditation program that integrates the ISO 9001 quality management system with the Medicare hospital standards and which requires the organization to evaluate the continuum of patient care throughout an entire healthcare system and take measured steps to improve when it is warranted.

DNV hospital accreditation addresses the demands of quality-driven hospitals that are dedicated to patient-centered care. As part of the accreditation process, DNV surveyors track the care of patients across various departments and facilities of HealthBridge Children's Hospital-Houston.

"DNV is very thorough and collaborative in its approach to hospital accreditation," says HealthBridge CEO Joseph Rafferty. "The DNV program helps us find opportunities throughout the organization to improve every day. We now look upon accreditation as a strategic business tool and as a source of empowerment for our staff. We are very excited to partner with DNV to fulfill our long-term commitment to patient safety and quality care."

Being accredited allows HealthBridge Children's Hospital-Houston to receive reimbursement for its patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid. The DNV accreditation program was authorized by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2008 and is the only program that integrates the ISO quality management system with Medicare's Conditions of Participation, the core requirements for hospitals set forth by the federal government. HealthBridge Children's Hospital will have three years to become compliant with the ISO 9001:2008 standards in order to maintain its accreditation with DNV. HealthBridge Children's Hospital, founded in 1999, is Houston's first and only pediatric specialty hospital providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary care or children who require treatment for birth and developmental disorders, catastrophic illness, or traumatic injury.

The 40 bed general acute care specialty children's hospital serves patients 0-21 years of age providing Inpatient Programs for Respiratory, Traumatic Brain Injury, Obesity Program/Prader-Willi Syndrome, Behavioral Pediatrics, and General Medical. Outpatient Programs include Rehabilitation and Sleep Lab. HealthBridge Children's Hospital is part of Nexus Health Systems. For more information, visit www.healthbridgehouston.com

About DNV Healthcare

DNV Healthcare Inc. is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Det Norske Veritas, a global independent foundation dedicated to safeguarding life, property and the environment. For more information about DNV Healthcare and its NIAHOR hospital accreditation program, visit http://www.dnvaccreditation.com.