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CBAHI Board of Trustees Holds its 3rd Meeting
02 July 2012
   The Board of Trustees of the Central Board of Accreditation for Healthcare Institutions (CBAHI) has held its second meeting of the seventh session under the auspices of His Excellency the Deputy Minister of Health for Planning and Development, and the Chairman of the Board, Dr. Mohammed bin Hamza Khoshaim. The meeting was held at Dr. Khoshaim's Office, at the MOH Headquarters, and was attended by the Secretary-General of the Board and number of members.
At the outset of the meeting, Dr. Khoshaim underscored the importance of such regular meetings aiming to follow up workflow, and oversee the implementation of plans and programs. He also expressed his appreciation for the role of Board members in the formulation of its policies, and innovation of developmental ideas and proposals meant to help the Board assume its responsibilities, and achieve its aspirations to the quality and efficiency of the healthcare services provided in the Kingdom. That's to be added supporting health institutions to achieve the highest quality standards, seeking to improve the health services and enhance patients' satisfaction.
The meeting discussed the latest developments with regard to the accreditation of the CBAHI by the International Society for the Quality of Healthcare (ISQua), and the accreditation of public and private hospitals, as well as the developments that have to do with the development of the National Standards of Health Accreditation. That's to be added to the accreditation standards of primary healthcare centers. Assessment visits are to be paid to these centers as of the final quarter of this year. The accreditation standards of medical laboratories and private medical centers were given, also, close attention.
Participants in the meeting listened to the presentation given by the Secretary-General of the Board, Dr. Salem bin Abdullah Al-Wahhabi, in which he gave an elaborate account of the developments concerning the categorization of private hospitals, and the standards and requirements of the establishment of health institutions. He also got attendees familiarized with the plan prepared for the development of the website of the Board, as well as the Health Accreditation Magazine, issued by CBAHI. It is the first magazine of its kind throughout the Arab World to be dedicated to the fields of health accreditation, health quality and patient safety. “It is projected to come up to the light very soon,” he said.
In addition, participants were shown the final design of CBAHI website, developed over the past six months, as well as the draft of the first issue of the Health Accreditation Magazine. The issuance of the magazine is planned to be next Ramadan.
As the meeting drew to a close, participants discussed the visit to be paid by the GCC Committee of Quality and Patient Safety, formed by the GCC Council of Health Ministers. The committee seeks to prepare a report on the rich experiences of the GCC countries over the past ten years, so as to make good use of such experiences, and unify the health standards adopted by CBAHI. This, in itself, testifies the Kingdom's leadership in this domain throughout the Arab World and the whole region.
Following the meeting, His Excellency the Secretary-General of the Board, Dr. Salem Al-Wahhabi, announced, “The vigorous medical development of the Kingdom's health sector, and its expansion in terms of both quantity and quality, add a great deal to the burden incurred by the Board. Therefore, the Board has only to cope with such momentous developments, by way of more programs and activities, seeking to ensure the application of the highest standards and requirements in the provision of health services akin to those provided in the Developed World.”
“We count on the role of the Board of Trustees and its members (from both the public and private sectors) in the promotion of its performance, in a way that accomplishes its vision and aspiration,” Dr. Al-Wahhabi concluded.

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