Rush Celebrates New Certification

Rush Hospital has received an important certification that resulted from a 36-month evaluation process.

Rush is one of three hospitals in Mississippi and only fifty in the nation to be certified as an ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management Systems compliant organization.

The performance of their organizations, products, people and facilities is evaluated.

ISO is a safety and performance certification that goes beyond normal accreditation. It involves operating and managing quality from a day-to-day standpoint.

Rush officials say this is one of the most important achievements the hospital can attain.

"This is really a team effort," said John Gardner, director of quality and patient safety. "And if it were not for everyone from the board of directors down to the people that sweep the floors here, we could not accomplish what the intent of ISO is."

The hospital received a flag and a plaque in recognition of the certification.

Employees celebrated the accomplishment together at a hospital-sponsored party Thursday afternoon.