Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:00 AM

Clovis fertility center achieves rigorous accreditation review

Clovis Community Fertility Center passed a rigorous review by an outside accreditation organization with excellent results. For patients of the fertility services at Clovis Community Medical Center, this is extra validation that the embryology lab meets the highest standards.

“For couples wanting help to start a family, this is an endorsement that means the Clovis Community Fertility Center goes above and beyond, paying scrupulous attention to quality and safety,” said Mike Bartell, director of service lines at Clovis Community.

The center has helped couples start families since 1985 with personalized and confidential help. It is the only fully accredited Level 3 fertility program in the Valley, able to help with the most difficult problems and diagnoses and to provide a full spectrum of services, including in vitro fertilization (IVF), ovulation induction, artificial insemination and laparoscopic surgery. Clovis Community’s fertility center draws patients from Los Angeles to Sacramento and as far away as China and the Middle East.

Dr. Michael Synn, one of the region’s leading gynecology and fertility specialists and medical director of Community’s in-vitro fertilization embryology laboratory called the accreditation by the Joint Commission a “huge success.” He added that he was proud of the “outstanding achievements” of the embryology lab and its team during the focused and specialized survey, which was separate from the general hospital survey.

The Joint Commission, an independent not-for-profit, is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting organization, evaluating nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs. The Joint Commission’s comprehensive accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of excellence that reflects an organization’s commitment to patient safety, quality and delivery of critical care services. The detailed review is designed to help hospitals find areas to implement improvements.

“Accreditation by the Joint Commission’s rigorous laboratory standards ensure compliance with generally accepted laboratory principals and policies, and validate safety and quality of the embryology laboratory,” said Dr. Synn. “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in helping Clovis Community Fertility Center be one of the best fertility programs in the country.”

Bartell added, “The IVF Laboratory Joint Commission accreditation speaks to the dedication, teamwork, and pursuit of excellence that characterizes Clovis Community Medical Center. I am exceptionally proud of our entire IVF team of physicians and staff for this achievement.”

To find out more about the fertility program or to register for the next free fertility seminar at Clovis Community Medical Center, call 559-459-BABY or visit ValleyStork.org.

This story was reported by Erin Kennedy. She can be reached at ekennedy@communitymedical.org.