UHMS Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Program

Certification of Competency and Credibility

UHMS Accreditation means that your facility has met the highest standards of care and patient safety through our rigorous evaluation of the adequacy of your facility, equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained within our specialty. UHMS is committed to providing, promoting, developing and raising the quality of care across the spectrum in scientific communication, life sciences and clinical practices of hyperbaric medicine by promoting high standards of patient care and operational safety. If your facility is part of this elite group, congratulations! If not, let us help you get started.

  • UHMS Accreditation is the gold standard in hyperbaric facility accreditation (HFA) and the UHMS HFA program has surveyed and accredited over 267 facilities in nearly 20 years
  • The UHMS HFA program is the only hyperbaric specific accreditation to be recognized by The Joint Commission as a Complementary Accrediting organization under the TJC’s Cooperative Agreement Initiative

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Latest News

UHMS Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Program (HFA) announces the launch of the new secure online platform for electronic submission of all facility accreditation survey documentation. It will be located on the HFA page on the UHMS website along with the instructions.

HFA Application/Presurvey Questionnaire (HFA SA/PQ)

You will now be able to submit the application, presurvey questionnaire, and additional required documents in one place. We will receive them once the “submit” button is clicked.

​Applications/Presurvey Questionnaire submitted via email or U.S. Mail will not be accepted.

For further information, please contact:

Derall Garrett

HFA Director
derall@uhms.org
(210)404-1553
877-533-8467 x106

Beth Hands

HFA Coordinator
beth@uhms.org
(210)404-1553
877-533-8467 x105

Testimonials

Mayo Clinic Rochester

"Our multiplace program at Mayo Clinic Rochester began clinical operations in 2008 and has grown into a very busy practice severing a large number of patients with a wide range of indications include complex hospitalized cases. We wanted to establish a practice that followed the principles of evidence based medicine and maintained the highest levels of patient and staff safety. We turned to the UHMS published guidelines and accreditation standards to design our program’s staffing, policies and procedures with a goal of becoming accredited by the UHMS within 2 years of practice.

"We have now been successfully surveyed twice, once in 2010 and most recently in 2013. Each time the exercise has been extremely valuable with the surveyor’s observations and recommendations challenging us to not only maintain but to constantly improve our practice. I strongly recommend that every hyperbaric practice strive to meet or exceed these standards and demonstrate that commitment by seeking formal UHMS accreditation."

Paul Claus, M.D.

Memorial Herman Hospital - Texas Medical Center

"At Memorial Herman Hospital - Texas Medical Center, the Hyperbaric Medicine Department is but one of multiple distinguished centers which adhere to specialty accreditation. It is important to promote Hyperbaric Medicine by recognizing, participating in, and advertising official UHMS accreditation.

The standards set by UHMS assure we maintain a holistic practice. The seal of accreditation obtained from this rigorous, voluntary process distinguishes our center to our colleagues as well as to the community, as a center that is professional, adheres to best-practices, and places the highest value on patient care and safety.

In addition, the department engages in quality improvement, provides a variety of educational opportunities to medical trainees and to the community to promote Hyperbaric Medicine. Our staff work hard and consistently go the ‘extra-mile” to be a ‘step-above”. The With Distinction process rewards and encourages those extra efforts and is a title we display with great pride."

Joseph G. Nevarez, MD - Medical Director

"Our program began in 1989 at Memorial Hermann- TMC. We want to ensure we have policies in place that allow us to provide exceptional care to our patients. Using the UHMS guidelines we have developed several operating processes helping ensure safety and high quality care in every facet.

We obtained our first accreditation in 2003, and most recently in 2020 received Level 1 accreditation with distinction. We learn more and more with each survey allowing us to reach our full potential by challenging the normal process and thinking on a larger and well-defined scale. The accreditation survey is challenging and vigorous, but well worth it. I am so proud of the work the UHMS and MH team have both done to commit to providing excellent care."

Antionettia Lindsey, RN, MSN - Clinical Manager

"We have had a 24/7 multiplace program at Memorial Hermann for 32 years now, as you would expect having a program for this long you would have staff and leadership changes, after our first accreditation in 2003 the UHMS program has put us on a regular schedule for accreditation inspections which give the staff (new or old), guidelines for how to operate and maintain a safe and successful

hyperbaric program and helps keep us up to date on new or updated guidelines and regulations. The way UHMS has created the point system for distinction enables programs to push harder to achieve this title, which when you are promoting your program instills a sense of pride in your staff and a feeling of safety in our patients."

David Baylor, CHT - Safety Coordinator

ACCREDITED FACILITIES ENJOY THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS:

  • A printed copy of the UHM Journal
  • Free one-year individual membership for those facility employees who have never been a UHMS member before
  • Discount for facility employees who are non-UHMS members to attend a UHMS meeting or educational event
  • Get listed on the upcoming UHMS facility map with referral access
  • Become a part of a network of accredited facilities which have demonstrated operating at a higher level

PROGRAM STRUCTURE FEE:

(New structure fee effective January 2015)

ACCREDITATION/REACCREDITATION SURVEY:

  • Application Fee: $2500 (Non-Refundable, due at the time of application)
  • Survey Fee: $7500 (due 30 days prior to the scheduled survey date*)

CONSULTATION SURVEY:

  • Application Fee: $2000 (Non-Refundable, due at the time of application)
  • Survey Fee: $3000 (due 30 days prior to the scheduled survey date*)

PROCESSING FEES (ALL SURVEYS) Non-Refundable:

The following fees will be applied to the invoice. Please include the following amounts USD for the wire processing fees.

  • Domestic wire: $15.00 per transaction
  • International wire: $30.00 per transaction
  • Credit Card Payments: 2% per transaction

ORGANIZATION CHANGE UPDATE

Examples of significant change include:

  • Relocation or remodel of a facility
  • Change in service offered
  • Merger or joint venture with another organization
  • Change in key facility personnel

Failure to notify the UHMS may result in the loss of accreditation. Depending on the nature and significance of the changes, an interim site survey may be required to maintain accreditation.

*Failure to remit final payment 30 days prior to a scheduled survey may result in cancellation of the survey. Applications already submitted for 2015 surveys will be honored under the current policy. Please do not hesitate to contact Derall Garrett, CHT, (derall@uhms.org) or Beth Hands (beth@uhms.org) if you have any questions on the improved policy.

Further information about facility accreditation is available from the UHMS Director of Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation:

Derall Garrett, CHT
Director, Hyperbaric Facility Accreditation Department
Toll-Free: 877-533-UHMS (8467) x106
Direct: Tel: (210) 404-1553 x 106
Fax: (210) 404-1535
Email: derall@uhms.org


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