Maclean hospital up with the best
By ADRIAN MILLER
THE Maclean District Hospital was officially recognised as one of the top hospitals in Australia yesterday.
At a ceremony attended by hospital staff, Clarence Valley Council members and the North Coast Area Health Service chief executive officer Chris Crawford, the hospital was presented with its Australian Council of Healthcare Standards (ACHS) accreditation certificate.
Hospital executive officer and director of nursing Paul Schofield said yesterday's presentation was a tremendous reward for staff.
"The ceremony was really for the staff because they are the ones who did all the work," he said.
"It's very exciting for us because it's recognition of a team effort here. We're all spokes in the wheel and it just doesn't happen unless everyone is doing their bit."
Mr Schofield said the accreditation proved the hospital was heading in the right direction.
"Our hospital mission statement basically is we want to be an organisation the community can trust with their lives and I think the accreditation confirms that is the type of organisation we are," he said.
The hospital was audited earlier in the year by ACHS on a number of performance standards.
Mr Schofield said the hospital achieved the second highest level on all but two of the 40-plus criteria.
Only 40 percent of hospitals throughout Australia received accreditation.