The inspection of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center came in two sections and it earned top grades in both.
The result is St. Rose is Medicare certified and accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF).
“We passed with flying colors,” St. Rose Vice President Linda Farthing said. “This demonstrates to our patients that they can count on the highest quality healthcare here at St. Rose. The accreditation ensures we are following all the standards of quality, safety and infection control.
“These inspections are unannounced,” Farthing added. “We always have to be ready at a moment’s notice to demonstrate we maintain the highest standards every day.”
Inspectors of the clinical aspects included a Kansas City surgeon and three operating-room nurses. Another surveyor recognized St. Rose with the Life Safety Award after it found zero deficiencies, Farthing said.
“Surveyors closely inspected all the clinical areas, along with fire-safety concerns such as the sprinkler system and exits,” the vice president noted. “In addition to showing the community we are meeting high standards, these inspection results also guarantee Medicare reimbursements.”
Even though the accreditation is good for three years, St. Rose will continuously send information to the AAAASF every six months.
Sixteen employees staff the surgical services department – eight registered nurses, two scrub technicians and support staff. The nurses have a combined total of 140 years experience in an OR setting.
Cathy Boyd, supervisor of surgical services, said these healthcare professionals are “a wonderful team. They are extremely dedicated. We work together to establish our policies and procedures so that we live up to our quality standards every day.
“We also continue to update our skills and techniques,” Boyd added. “These great inspection results wouldn’t have happened without all of these dedicated people.”
On May 1, the facility changed its name from Central Kansas Medical Center to St. Rose. The Joint Commission had for many years accredited CKMC in its role as a hospital. The AAAASF accredits surgery centers.
St. Rose personnel perform one-day surgeries and other procedures Monday through Friday.