At a time when St Lucia is celebrating its 36th anniversary of Independence, it is opportune to focus on some of the institutions that add value to our country. One of these is undoubtedly Tapion Hospital which comes highly accredited with standards that are on par with hospitals in the developed world. In fact, Tapion’s mission statement tells it all:
“We will provide our patients with the best possible emergency and follow-up safe care in a professional, courteous, non-judgmental and efficient manner, providing the information that patients require, in a way that they can understand”.
In the 17 years since its establishment, Tapion Hospital has set out every single day to live up to that promise. As the first ever private hospital in St. Lucia, Tapion has raised the bar for medical and health care in St. Lucia, to which every patient who goes through its doors can attest.
Although staffed mainly by local professionals, Tapion has been steadily building local and international affiliations that have not only boosted its expertise, but also provided the foundation for its pursuit of the highest professional practices that are to be expected at any quality hospital.One of Tapion’s most recent affiliations, of which many St. Lucians may be unaware, is its awards of Gold accreditation in 2010 and Platinum in 2013 by Accreditation Canada International, the first Eastern Caribbean hospital to be so honoured. Accreditation Canada International was created to provide accreditation to hospitals, clinics, primary care centers and health systems.
Tapion Hospital participates in on-going self evaluation, peer review and education to continuously improve its care, safety and services. The organization also commits to a thorough, on-site survey by the Canadian Qmentum International Accreditation surveyors, who are themselves health care professionals, to ensure that it establishes reviewing,
and revising standards, measuring performance, and providing consultation and education.
Explaining what that meant, a Tapion Hospital official said: “ The possible benefits are enormous, not only for our hospital but also for our tourism product, as this represents a stepping stone for a destination in the eyes of the major international tourism industry players.”
The association with Accreditation Canada International also arose out of Tapion Hospital’s pursuit of excellence. The official said: “We sought out a tool in which we could promote a culture of excellence and measure it. Accreditation Canada provided the template through the development of Required Organizational Practices. These are in place to enhance patients’ quality care, safety and to minimize risk.”
Of course, Tapion Hospital has established a number of other affiliations with medical and health institutions locally and overseas, particularly in North America, the overall intention being that such linkages, including our cooperation with Martinique, and our community contributions to the World Pediatrics Foundation
annual cardiac mission will redound to the benefit of the hospital and by extension, to its patients.