Accreditation with commendation, or “Level 3,” means that STVHS has received a six-year accreditation and is among the top 25 percent of providers offering continuing medical education in the United States.
“St. Vincent’s inclusion into the vaulted ranks of Level 3-accredited organizations places it among those medical educators that have demonstrated the highest levels of educational acumen based on quality and patient safety parameters consistent with identified needs of the physician,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer Carol Maietta.
STVHS is one of only two organizations in Alabama to achieve this prestigious accreditation.
MASA accreditation seeks to assure both physicians and the public that continuing medical education activities sponsored by STVHS meet the high standards of the Essentials Areas and Criteria for Accreditation.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and state medical associations, such as MASA, rigorously evaluate the overall continuing medical education programs of institutions according to standards adopted by all seven sponsoring organizations of the ACCME: the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Federation of State Medical Boards.
Maietta said STVHS is pleased to be part of a group of organizations in the United States, including major medical schools, national medical associations, hospitals and other medical education organizations that have been awarded this special accreditation status.
CME activities are developed with complete independence and are based on the best medical and scientific evidence as determined by the many planning committees associated with STVHS’s educational initiatives, Maietta said.
“This accreditation with commendation designation recognizes that our CME program has an influence on quality, safety and improvement in professional practice and affects the overall quality of care offered to our patients,” said Kathy Loyd, RN, MSN, JD, human resources director of clinical services at STVHS.