For Consumers

Welcome to The Joint Commission! Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest health care accreditor.

Hospitals and other health care organizations that are accredited by The Joint Commission meet our standards and pass an on-site survey of their processes that guide patient care. Staff at health care organizations work hard to meet our standards and are proud to display The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission. Look for the Gold Seal the next time you visit a hospital, nursing home, or other health care facility.

Our mission is 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.

The following resources provide more information about The Joint Commission.

For any questions or concerns, please visit our Contact Us page.

Read statement for preserving family presence in challenging times
The Joint Commission supports family presence in health care during adverse conditions

Learn about Speak Up™, our patient safety program
Speak Up

Read more about The Joint Commission
See our brochure: The Joint Commission – Inspiring Health Care Excellence 
See our history: The Joint Commission: Over a century of quality and safety 

Helping you choose guides
Helping you choose: Quality ambulatory care
Helping you choose: Quality hospice care
Helping you choose: Quality hospital care
Helping you choose: Quality nursing care center services

Find a Joint Commission-accredited organization
In the US: Quality Check®
Internationally: World Hospital Search

Have a concern about a Joint Commission-accredited organization?
Report a Patient Safety Event