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Published on December 22, 2015

Union Medical Center Receives Quality-Based Accreditation from DNV Healthcare

Union Medical Center (UMC), part of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, was recently recognized with NIAHO Hospital Accreditation.

As part of the accreditation process, surveyors visited the hospital to monitor the hospital’s adherence to patient safety and quality standards established by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Surveyors also evaluated processes impacting patient care across various departments within Union Medical Center.

“The survey was very thorough,” said Paul Newhouse, president of Union Medical Center. “Not only does this accreditation program help us find opportunities throughout the organization to improve, it also serves as a strategic business tool and as a mechanism to empower staff.”

Being accredited by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) allows Union Medical Center to receive reimbursement for patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

This accreditation will require an annual survey and the organization’s continual compliance with the DNV Healthcare Accreditation Process.

With the authority granted to DNV GL Healthcare USA, Inc. by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and CMS, Union Medical Center is compliant with the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Hospitals and was awarded full accreditation for a three-year term.

About Union Medical Center

Since 1921, Wallace Thomson Hospital dedicated itself to serving the needs of Union County. In 2015 Wallace Thomson Hospital became Union Medical Center, a division of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS). Union Medical Center (UMC), patients enjoy the benefits of an integrated healthcare delivery system, which includes coordinated care of medical services, access to a multi-specialty physician group, increased efficiencies and access to the most advanced technologies. UMC is a 50-bed hospital located in Union, SC. Its mission is to provide quality health care to the residents of Union County. UMC offers emergency, outpatient, laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy services. Other services are available through Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

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