Standards for Quality Care
Through our ongoing process improvement efforts, we continually compare our service and care to quality benchmarks on the state and national levels. By doing so, we’re not only able to focus on making patients better, but we’re constantly finding ways to make ourselves better as well.
We also participate in a number of national quality initiatives and, as a result, have achieved numerous national rankings, recognitions, accreditations and certifications. We encourage you to compare our performance against others in the healthcare industry by visiting the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services site.
Making Informed Medical Decisions
It wouldn't be possible to maintain these consistently high scores and distinctions without the efforts of our doctors, nurses and healthcare staff. Because of them, we are able to provide the highest levels of care to members of our community. Find the latest information on hospital quality and community health to help make informed medical decisions for you and your family at Missouri Health Matters.
The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission continuously improves health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.
Frequently Asked Questions About The Joint Commission
What is The Joint Commission?
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.
What Is an Accreditation Survey?
Joint Commission surveyors visit accredited healthcare organizations a minimum of once every 39 months (two years for laboratories) to evaluate standards compliance. This visit is called a survey.
Joint Commission surveyors are highly trained experts who are:
Where Can I Find Information About an Accredited Healthcare Organization?
- Hospital administrators
- Laboratory medical technologists
- Other healthcare professionals
Joint Commission Quality Reports give the public information on the safety and quality of care for all Joint Commission accredited/certified health care organizations. Quality Reports are available online through Quality Check®.
Quality Reports include:
- Accreditation decision and date
- Programs and services accredited by The Joint Commission and other bodies
- National Patient Safety Goal performance
- Hospital National Quality Improvement Goal performance
- Special quality awards
What are the Benefits of Accreditation for Patients?
The benefits include increased confidence in the care provided because you know the organization is:
- Continually working to provide the highest quality services
- Periodically evaluated by The Joint Commission for compliance with the highest quality standards
- Provided with expert advice and education from The Joint Commission about quality improvement
- Able to attract qualified staff because they have more opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge