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Facts about The Joint Commission

July 8, 2016

Mission: To continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.?

Vision: All people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings.?

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, an organization undergoes an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. (Laboratories are surveyed every two years.)

The Joint Commission is governed by a 32-member Board of Commissioners that includes physicians, administrators, nurses, employers, quality experts, a consumer advocate and educators. The Joint Commission employs approximately 1,100 people in its field staff, at its central office in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, and at an office in Washington, D.C.



Disease-Specific Care Certification is available for clinical programs across the continuum of care. Advanced Certification — which must meet DSC Certification requirements plus clinically-specific expectations — are available for: acute stroke ready hospitals chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, comprehensive cardiac center, comprehensive stroke center, heart failure, inpatient diabetes, lung volume reduction surgery, palliative care, perinatal care, primary stroke centers, total hip and total knee replacement, ventricular assist device.  

Separate certifications are available for:

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