Armed Forces Day 2013 | Joint Commission

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Armed Forces Day 2013

May 16, 2013 | 7039 Views

This Saturday, May 18th, is Armed Forces Day, when we honor the men and women of our armed forces.  Armed Forces Day was created in 1949 when the Army, Navy and Air Force were unified under one department – the Department of Defense (DoD) – and a single day of recognition was established for all armed forces. 

This unification of our armed forces made me think about the history of The Joint Commission.  In 1951, The American College of Physicians (ACP), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) joined with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to create the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH) – our own “team for defense.” The goal of this unification was to provide hospital standardization and safe, effective care of the highest quality and value.  In 1959 the CMA withdrew as a corporate member to form its own accrediting organization in Canada. The American Dental Association joined as a corporate member in 1979. More than 60 years later, we still work hard each day to prevent bad things from happening in good health care organizations.  It’s our passion and what we fight so hard for.

Even though we may not have a national “Joint Commission Day,” we salute health care professionals every day.  These health care professionals are our first line of defense and are out there day in and day out providing safe, quality care to patients all over the world.  To help execute our vision and mission, we partner with many other health care organizations, associations and stakeholders, including a variety of advisory groups.  It’s truly a team environment.  Our work is ongoing and we are continually striving toward high reliability in health care and helping organizations provide safe and effective quality care.

Another important partnership The Joint Commission has cultivated is with our military fellows.  Since 1993, The Joint Commission has partnered with 64 military fellows and this number continues to grow. These military fellowships include Training with Industry (Army), Medical Education with Industry (Air Force) and Duty Under Instruction (Navy).

Our fellows work with health care professionals from the DoD to help solve problems and achieve objectives.  They gain a better understanding of contractor standards and our accreditation process, and they help improve compliance across the different branches of the military.  The Joint Commission also benefits from our fellows because we’ve developed a cadre of officers within the military who have an in-depth understanding of the health care industry’s objectives, problems and mode of operations.  Over the next two months, three of our fellows will have completed their programs and will move into their new assignments, which will be consistent with the education gained during their Joint Commission fellowship.

Thanks to the men and women of our Armed Forces who fight for our freedom every day, we are able to come to work and live out the vision and mission of The Joint Commission -- to fight for patient quality and safety.  Thank you to our military fellows, who help us help health care organizations help patients. 


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