Joint Commission St. Josephs

The Joint Commission

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center underwent an extensive on-site review by Joint Commission professionals on April 10 and 11, 2012. Subsequently, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center was awarded continued accreditation.

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The award is for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes to improve care in several areas, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, and stroke among others.

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center was recognized for its achievement in surgical care. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2011 calendar year.

“What matters most to patients at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center is safe, effective care. We’ve made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. St. Joe’s is proud to be named to the list of The Joint Commission’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures,” says James Kiser, Chief Executive.

What is the Joint Commission?

The Joint Commission is the world leader in evaluating the quality and safety of care delivered in more than 15,000 health care organizations across the country, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Home care provider
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Behavioral health centers
  • Critical access hospitals
  • Laboratories

The Joint Commission is governed by a board that includes physicians, nurses, medical directors and consumers. The Joint Commission sets the standards by which health care quality is measured in America and around the world.

To maintain and earn accreditation, a hospital undergoes an extensive on-site review by a select team of Joint Commission professionals such as administrators, physicians and nurses at least once every three years. The purpose of the review is to evaluate the hospital's performance in areas that affect patient care.

Through an assessment of a hospital’s processes and personal visits with its patients and staff, the hospital is evaluated and scored. Accreditation may then be awarded based on how well the hospital met Joint Commission standards.

What does Joint Commission Accreditation Mean for Patients?

Because its standards are regarded as the most rigorous in the industry, hospitals that choose to be evaluated by The Joint Commission are therefore committed to providing the highest level of quality care to their patients. The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ is a clear sign that the accredited organization has demonstrated compliance to the most stringent standards of performance.