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Top Reasons to Be Accredited: How Professional Standards Benefit Your Clients and Hospital

By: Gavin Shea

Here are the top ways accreditation can improve your hospital:

  • Communicate high standards. Through accreditation, you are abiding by established standards for the veterinary industry that raise the bar for pet healthcare. The standards provide a guide to offering the best patient care possible through the pursuit of excellence within the profession. Accreditation communicates to your clients that you are meeting these standards.
  • Increase effectiveness. Accreditation can increase the overall effectiveness of your hospital by fostering an atmosphere in which team members work together to create processes and standard operating procedures. Your hospital may experience financial savings because of improved efficiency and inventory control through the implementation of systems that help the team understand how the hospital works. When team members understand the cost of doing business, they appreciate the importance of conservation and planning. 
  • Continue to grow. The evaluation process is truly an opportunity for you to benchmark and improve your hospital. As you create protocols, set priorities, and collaboratively solve problems, you and your staff put your philosophies to work, creating a one-of-a-kind hospital that reflects your unique approach to excellence.
  • Stay current. Re-evaluations help keep you up-to-date on changes in the veterinary industry. Periodic reviews and fine-tuning of your business practices and values can help you keep your hospital vibrant.
  • Tap into a professional resource. Accreditation practice consultants work as your partners, bringing a fresh perspective to your operations and providing ideas on how other veterinary hospitals accomplish the same or similar objectives.
  • Establish long-term goals. Accreditation standards provide members with an operational plan for their hospital and help them establish specific goals to strive for today and in the future.
  • Build teamwork. Accreditation is a great team building experience that encourages cooperation. Staff is recognized for their accomplishments, so they feel a sense of empowerment. And preparing for the evaluation by working together on standards improves communication, resulting in a more self-directed and cost-effective team.
  • Improve continuity of care. As teamwork and communication are improved, your hospital can provide better continuity of care for its patients. This, in turn, may attract loyal customers and high-quality staff members.
  • Increase safety. Working through the standards helps promote safety within the hospital. Required documentation of safety programs improves the security of staff, clients, and patients.

Accreditation can be a valuable tool to help you set your hospital apart from others and communicating to your clients that you take your hospital (and the well-being of their animals) seriously.

About the Author

Gavin Shea is the National Director, Healthcare for Wells Fargo Practice Finance. With more than 17 years of banking experience with an emphasis in practice lending, he leads sales and marketing strategy development and implementation throughout the national footprint. His industry background offers practitioners a unique perspective as they approach some of the most important decisions in their professional lives. With more than 30 years of practice lending experience, Wells Fargo Practice Finance specializes in helping healthcare professionals acquire, start and expand their practices with various financing options and a signature Practice Success Program. Contact: gavin.m.shea@wellsfargo.com or 844-626-4317

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