September 2002

Supply Chain Group Conducts Environment of Care Surveys


A facility’s environment of care documents include seven management plans that cover safety, hazardous material handling, utility management and more.

Catholic Health Initiatives’ supply chain group is helping market-based organizations prepare for the environment of care portion of the surveys conducted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Skip Smith, assistant director of clinical engineering and national facility services for Catholic Health Initiatives, visits market-based organizations before their JCAHO surveys to review their environment of care documents. "A facility’s environment of care documents include seven management plans that cover safety, hazardous material handling, utility management and more," said Steve Kehrberg, director of clinical engineering for Catholic Health Initiatives. "Skip goes through all of the documents line by line to ensure that everything is correct and ready for JCAHO review." Smith also tours each facility to identify any environment of care issues that would be spotted by JCAHO surveyors. "I provide a fresh set of eyes," said Smith. "I find that many market-based facilities are incredibly well prepared for JCAHO, but there’s usually something that can be improved prior to a JCAHO inspection." Smith is also able to consult with market-based organizations during their JCAHO surveys. He reviews notes from current surveys and posts them to Catholic Health Initiatives’ clinical engineering Web site to spread best practices and help facilities managers throughout the system prepare for their own JCAHO reviews. "He’s also beginning to post sample policies and procedures for facilities management," said Kehrberg. Smith, who served as manager of support and facility services for St. Anthony Hospitals in Denver, Colo., before joining Catholic Health Initiatives, recently received the Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of Healthcare Engineers. For more information on environment of care surveys, contact Skip Smith at 720/851-7490.

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