East Jerusalem Hospitals Network
The EJHN was established in 1997 under the leadership and guidance of the late Feisal Husseini, with the strategic vision of unifying the health facilities in East Jerusalem and emphasizing their critical role within the Palestinian health system. In 2003, the EJHN began efforts to officially institutionalize the Network as the first hospital network in East Jerusalem. The work focused on developing its institutions, improving the quality of the services provided and assuring a continuum of care.
Over the last one and a half years, the EJHN have been preparing their facilities for JCI accreditation. The Joint Commission conducts site visits to facilities to evaluate their implementation of the standards. Successful facilities receive a three-year accreditation. The facilities within the East Jerusalem Hospital Network (EJHN) are the first in Palestine to endeavor to achieve this goal. The EJHN quality committee meets regularly to share information and lessons learned in implementing the many Joint Commission requirements. The JCI consultants are scheduled to visit the five participating facilities in mid-October 2012, to assess their compliance with the JCI standards and readiness for the actual survey which is planned in mid-2013.
“The JCI standards are demanding and wide-ranging, covering staff competency, good governance, evidence-based clinical practice, patient rights, and facility safety,” said Mr. Tony Laurance, Head of the WHO office for the oPt. “It will be a huge milestone for the hospitals to achieve the international JCI standards and will demonstrate the safety and quality of their services.”
The East Jerusalem Hospitals namely “Princess Basma Centre for Children with Disabilities, Al Maqassed Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Saint John’s Eye Hospital, Augusta Victoria Hospital and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society” serve as the main centers for specialized care within the Palestinian health system. Patients needing services and procedures that are not available in the West Bank and Gaza are referred for treatment in the EJHN facilities by the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Over half of the EJHN workload comes from referred patients from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. As such, the EJHN plays a critical role in providing health services to the Palestinian people.
In 2011, over 22,000 West Bank and Gaza patients were referred by MoH to East Jerusalem, representing almost 40% of all MoH referrals, and more than half of the EJHN caseload. In 2012, a total of 25,381 West Bank and Gaza patients were referred by MoH to East Jerusalem, representing over 45% of all MoH referrals, and more than half of the EJHN caseload.
The EJHN and its six facilities have been supported by the European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the last four years. Through the latest phase of this programme the EU provided 2,4 million euros which allowed the hospitals to improve the quality of their health services, upgrade their status to the highest international standards (ISO certification and most recently, Joint Commission International accreditation) and engage in joint initiatives and activities (e.g.: risk management, legal representation).
For more information: www.ejhn.org