World Medical Center achieves Norwegian DNV GL’s hospital certification

The World Medical Center (WMC) in Bangkok is the first hospital in Southeast Asia and Pacific region to attain an international standard in both quality of the services and risk management, including the risk of infection. This certification was obtained via the Norwegian group DNV GL. The Hospital Accreditation Scheme, based on DNV GL’s own standards and protocols, is recognized by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and certified by ISQua, an international society that is dedicated to safe, quality healthcare worldwide.


On 2 July 2015 H.E.Mr. Kjetil Paulsen, Norwegian ambassador to Thailand presided over a certification ceremony to officially reward a DNV GL certificate of standard to WMC. Mr. Stephen Leyshon, DNV GL Project director/Chief security advisor, also attended. The certificate was received by Asst.Prof.Somporn Harnphanich, M.D., executive vice president/deputy CEO of Bangkok Chain Hopital (BCH) and Dr. Surapong Lookhanumanjao, hospital director of WMC.

Dr Chalerm Harnphanich, CEO of Bangkok Chain Hospital PCL, said that achieving accreditation proves that hospitals in Thailand are recognized worldwide for the quality of services.

“Our doctors, medical staff and every employee have worked hard to improve the quality of our services. We have also invested in technology and innovation to make sure that our patients have the best options available. This is why WMC is trusted by patients in Thailand as well as by foreigners. As Thailand is trying to become the medical hub of the region, such internationally recognized accreditation is a good evidence of our success” said Dr Chalerm.

Dr Surapong Lookhanumanjao, WMC hospital director, said “Through the DNV GL risk based survey approach, our staff have learned to apply risk based systems thinking which we believe can provide a firm foundation for our hospital to provide safer and smarter health services.”

“Our aim is to go beyond the standard to achieve the highest level of excellence and are very honoured to become the first hospital in Thailand, as well as in South East Asia and Pacific, to be the recipient of the DNV GL’s hospital accreditation,” said Dr Surapong.

“DNV GL helps organizations thrive in risk-filled environments, achieving immediate business impact today while building sustainable business performance over time. We are delighted to present this accreditation to WMC. Their pioneer spirit and commitment to go the extra mile to deliver the safest and highest quality of healthcare is indeed commendable” said Mr Stephen Leyshon.


WMC a new hospital group in the premium tertiary care category by Bangkok Chain Hospital PCL (BCH), a leading hospital company in Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and listed in Forbes Asia’s 200 Best Under A Billion in 2009. The group’s vision is to be a trusted premium tertiary healthcare provider, dedicated to an international quality standard to serve the well‐being needs of the Thai community and AEC.

WMC provides international standard, high quality healthcare solutions and state of the art medical technology through its efficient, ethical passionate healthcare team with affordable prices and a positive contribution to the community.

DNV GL (with presence in over 100 countries worldwide) has as its purpose `Safeguarding Life, Property and the Environment’, and with a vision of effecting a `Global Impact for a Safe and Sustainable Future’, DNV GL have, in its more than 150 years of history, assisted safety critical sectors manage their health & safety, environment, quality and enterprise risks.

DNV GL combines this core competence in risk management with the deep knowledge of healthcare, supporting Healthcare Providers to proactively identify risks and manage patient safety and quality risks to enhance the value of the healthcare they deliver.

A hospital is a place where individuals and families seek advice and comfort, and the occasional miracle. Above all, it is a place where excellence is the minimum expectation and where a mistake can change your life in a heartbeat.

Accreditation is a strategic business tool that helps hospitals live up to, and surpass, these expectations. Requirements for accreditation vary from nation to nation. Whether mandated by law, or embraced voluntarily to build prestige, accreditation is a valuable asset to any hospital.

The requirements of the DNV GL – International Healthcare Accreditation are based upon those as to have applicability internationally, with sensitivity to local laws, practices and regulations.
DNV GL services in the Healthcare Sector includes accreditation of hospitals and other healthcare organizations, accredited certification of management systems relating to Managing Infection Risk, Occupational Health & Safety, Environment & Energy, Information Security, Quality and Business Continuity.

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