Who is Joint Commission?

The Joint Commission (JC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization established over 50 years ago. JC is the world leader in evaluating the quality and safety of care delivered in over 17,000 healthcare organizations across the country--from hospitals to home care providers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, outpatient clinics, behavioral health centers, critical access hospitals and healthcare networks.

How Does a Hospital Become JC Accredited?

To maintain and earn accreditation, a hospital undergoes an extensive on-site unannounced review by a select team of JC 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 JC standards. Mississippi Baptist Medical Center and Restorative Care Hospital are accredited by the Joint Commission.

What Does JC Accreditation Mean?

Because its standards are regarded as the most rigorous in the industry, hospitals that choose to be evaluated by JC are therefore committed to providing the highest level of quality care to their patients. 

How To Find Out if a Hospital is Accredited

A list of JC accredited hospitals and their survey results are posted in the "Quality Check"™ section of the JC website at www.jointcommission.org. You can also call JC's Customer Service Department directly at 630-792-5800 for additional information.

Process for Reporting Safety and Quality of Care Concern

If you have any patient quality or safety concerns, please speak with the supervisor on duty, the Clinical Director, Nurse Manager, Risk Manager, Vice President, or Baptist Medical Center President (call 601-968-1000 or 601-968-5130) or contact the Office of Quality Monitoring at The Joint Commission (1-800-994-6610).

Baptist Medical Center has been awarded the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval ™. Additionally, Baptist has achieved Advanced Disease-Specific Certification in the area of stroke, and is recognized as a Primary Stroke Center. Baptist has also achieved Advanced Disease Specific Certification for Inpatient Diabetes. Other Disease Specific Certifications include Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery, care of Premature Infants, Pre-Term Labor, and Breast Cancer.

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