Interview with Salma Jaouni Araj, Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC) Chief Executive Officer, Jordan
International Hospital Federation - IHF
| 6 months ago
2nd December 2020
The Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC) is Jordan and the region’s private sector not-for-profit organization focused on improving quality and patient safety through the design and provision of accreditation schemes, quality management consulting services and capacity building programs. Ever since assuming the position of the Chief Executive Officer in 2012, it was clear to me that the first order of work is to ensure that HCAC moves from a donor-funded project to a fully self-sustainable public-private organization. I brought in my government, donor and public health and administration expertise to lead the expansion of our local presence and services and reached out to the international counterparts to learn and grow. HCAC has become a key player in advocacy and service provision for quality and patient safety. We play a pivotal role in the National Vision 2025, the government’s plans and goals as well as people’s understanding of the importance and meaning of quality and patient safety. We are also very proud that HCAC is the first and foremost organization in the Eastern Mediterranean region to get and maintain the three accreditations of the International Society for Quality in Healthcare as well as be elected on their Board of Directors.