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North Shore-LIJ attains accreditation of human research protections processes

GREAT NECK, NY The North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System today announced accreditation of a major arm of its human research protections processes by the Partnership for Human Research Protections (PHRP). A watchdog group, PHRP is a joint collaboration of the two most trusted names in healthcare quality and safety -- the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The three-year accreditation awarded to Biomedical Research Alliance of New York (BRANY), a research administration organization for the protection of human research subjects owned in part by the North Shore-LIJ Health System, comes after an intensive review by PHRP. The review resulted in a score well above the threshold required for a three-year accreditation period. Lower-passing scores result in accreditation for only a one-year period.

"The North Shore-LIJ Health System is dedicated to continuous quality improvement. BRANY is a unique and highly respected research administration organization and together we have made a commitment to protect the safety and welfare of human subjects participating in research within the health system," said Bernard M. Rosof, MD, MACP, the health system's senior vice president of corporate relations and health affairs and the institutional official for BRANY. As BRANY's institutional official, Dr. Rosof is the most senior ranking official overseeing the use of BRANY's institutional review boards (IRBs) -- committees that review and ensure the integrity and safety of proposed research studies as they relate to human subjects protections -- by BRANY's 138 affiliate members, consisting of hospitals, medical schools and research centers across the United States.

"The accreditation process was extremely rigorous," said Eileen Hilton, MD, president and CEO of BRANY. "It sounds clich, but every single facet of the process was valuable. We found that even th
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Contact: Christina Verni
cverni@nshs.edu
516-562-1232
North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System
4-May-2004


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