The Joint Commission

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The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ is recognized nationwide as a symbol of excellence and reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Capital Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Capital Health’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s standards.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Its 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 Joint Commission certifies more than 19,000 organizations and programs in the United States.

To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

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The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification

The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification Program was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). Certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals.

The Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Programs applying for the advanced certification must meet the requirements for Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations.

During on-site reviews by experts in stroke care, Primary Stroke Centers must demonstrate compliance in standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measurement activities to receive certification for a two-year period.

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Contacting The Joint Commission

Information about accredited organizations may be provided directly to the Joint Commission at 1-800-994-6610. Information regarding accreditation and the accreditation performance of individual organizations can be obtained through the Joint Commission's website at

If an individual has any concerns about patient care and safety in the hospital that the hospital has not addressed, he or she is encouraged to contact the Joint Commission by either calling 1-800-994-6610 or e-mailing [email protected]