Clifford Hospital was first accredited as an A-class hospital in 2009. Now three years have passed, Clifford Hospital continues to work hard to receive a second accreditation and continues its goal of being one of the best hospitals in the world.
In China, hospitals are classified into four grades and three classes Grades are assessed according to the size of the hospital such as the number of the beds. Those hospitals with the number of beds under 100 would be rated as grade one, between 100 and 500, grade two, above 500, grade three; hospitals of an enormous size would be rated as special grade. The hospital class is divided into class A, B and C based on hospital service, management, quality, safety, facility and logistics that are intensively assessed.
A hospital with both a grade three or above and high quality of health care service (A-class) will be accredited as A-class hospital.
In China, patients usually prefer to get treatments in an A-class hospital even though they may have to travel long distance to bigger cities and pay more. They believe they will get best treatment in an A-class hospital.
For patients, an A-class hospital means the best doctors, best treatments and high quality of services.