SKMC receives international award for Outstanding Nursing Quality

ABU DHABI: Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, SKMC, has been named a winner of the 2014 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, NDNQI, Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality by Press Ganey Associates, a leading healthcare performance improvement company which partners with more than 11,000 health care facilities to reduce suffering and improve the patient experience.

The award recognises the top-performing international hospital that has achieved excellence in overall performance in nursing quality indicators.

Safa Al Mustafa, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer, SKMC, said, “SKMC’s Nursing team takes humble pride in this achievement, knowing that our best-practice and commitment to quality and our ‘patients first’ philosophy is acknowledged by an international organisation like Press Ganey.” “As the flagship facility in Abu Dhabi, we want to ensure optimal levels of patient care and satisfaction, practising at the same high standards as the best medical facilities in the world, and this award is testament to that,” she added.

The NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality honours hospitals that have made impressive and measurable improvements in nursing performance and patient outcomes. Granted annually, the award is given to the top performing facility in each of seven categories: academic medical centre, teaching hospital, community hospital, paediatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital, psychiatric hospital and international.

“We are proud to partner with SKMC,” said Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey. “Achieving and sustaining overall excellence in nursing-sensitive quality measures reflects the organisation’s deep commitment advancing the quality and delivery of patient-centered care in the UAE.” To qualify for the award, hospitals submitted data on a minimum number of measures over 2013 and 2014, and the highest-ranking hospital was identified after undergoing intense qualitative screening.