The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. It maintains standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations.
Joint Commission standards address the organization’s level of performance in key functional areas, such as patient rights, patient treatment, and infection control. The standards focus not simply on an organization’s ability to provide safe, high quality care, but on its actual performance as well. Standards set forth performance expectations for activities that affect the safety and quality of patient care. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with healthcare experts, providers, measurement experts, purchasers and consumers.
The Joint Commission’s comprehensive accreditation process evaluates an organization’s compliance with these standards and other accreditation requirements. To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.
Website: Joint Commission
In October 2007, Fort Memorial Hospital and the many clinics that are part of the Fort HealthCare system underwent review by the Joint Commission. The highest-level of accreditation, which is good for three years, was granted. Fort HealthCare has maintained this status continuously since 1952.
If you’d like to read our press release concerning our three-year accreditation, please click here.