The Diocese of Jerusalem’s rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities has secured its second consecutive audit from the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA). The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre, on the Mount of Olives, provides a structured programme of holistic care for Palestinian children from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. In December 2015 it received its first three-year JCIA accreditation, becoming the first – and to date, the only – Palestinian rehabilitation centre to receive such international accreditation. It has now completed its second audit, gaining accreditation for the next three years.
“This accreditation is very important and is a testimony that the Centre continues to provide high quality services for patients according to international standards”, the organisation said on its website.
The General Director of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre, Ibrahim Faltas, thanked all staff at the Centre for their hard work and persistence in achieving the accreditation for the second time. “We are one of the lead organisations that work on developing knowledge and expertise in the field of child rehabilitation”, she said. “Receiving this accreditation is a clear evidence of the high level of scientific and clinical competence and a clear commitment for quality of service provision for our patients”.
Violette Mubarak, the Director of the Centre, added: “Our equipped and skilled team is committed to provide high quality rehabilitation services to our patients. By achieving this accreditation the patients and their families will have confidence that the facility has met strict criteria in patient’s safety, quality delivery of clinical care, and overall patient support.”
The JCIA provides accreditation to hundreds of health care organisations in more than 100 countries worldwide. Its accreditation is seen as the gold standard seal of approval.
The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre provides rehabilitation treatments to more 700 children a year, creating positive changes in their lives and the lives of their families. It is one of a number of health care ministries operated by the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem. This week, the Archbishop in Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, issued an emergency appeal after the outpatient’s clinic of the diocese’s al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza collapsed.