Cherokee Nation Health Services Receives International Certification

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla.— Cherokee Nation Health Services was recently awarded certification through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an independent international organization consisting of 162 national standards member countries, based out of Geneva, Switzerland.

“ISO certification is a new concept for healthcare,” said Connie Davis, Executive Director of Cherokee Nation Health Services. “It shows not only tribal nations but the world that we have proven ourselves to make our patients top priority. We are honored to have joined in this certification with the other leading hospitals and healthcare systems around the globe.”
More than just demonstrating compliance to a set of standards, the certification expands those standards to ensure continual improvement, internal communication, accountability, new services, document control, purchasing, ensuring quality services, decreasing risk to patients, strong patient satisfaction and more.

The ISO organization is an independent, non-governmental organization with a membership of 162 national standard bodies of nations around the world. Through its members, it brings together experts to share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

“Everyone in our Health Services group plays a role in this certification regardless of the particular job they do,” Davis said. “This is the ultimate team event.  It has taken us seven long years to achieve this this honor, but thanks to our dedicated staff of professionals we achieved this important milestone in tribal healthcare.”

About Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation is the sovereign operating government of the Cherokee people. It is a federally recognized tribe of more than 300,000 Cherokee citizens, with its capital located in Tahlequah, Okla. Employing more than 8,200 people, Cherokee Nation’s annual economic impact in Oklahoma and surrounding areas is more than $1.3 billion. To learn more, please visit www.cherokee.org.

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