This organization complies with nationally recognized Joint Commission standards. Anyone believing that he or she has pertinent information regarding quality, safety-of -care issues and the safety of the environment in which care is provided, may contact the Joint Commission at or (800) 994-6610.

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission provides accreditation to hospitals that meet a certain baseline of quality standards. Joint Commission's mission is to improve the safety and quality of care provided through certified accreditation and related services that support improvement in health care organizations, especially hospitals. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. These standards address the organization's level of performance in key functional areas, such as patient rights, patient treatment, and infection control. The focus is not simply on an organization's ability to provide safe, high quality care, but on its actual performance as well. "Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization's performance and outcomes of care," says Darlene Christiansen, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. "The community should be proud that Terre Haute Regional Hospital is focusing on the most challenging goal- to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels."

Benefits of Joint Commission Accreditation

Strengthens community confidence in the quality and safety of care, treatment and services - Achieving accreditation makes a strong statement to the community about an organization's efforts to provide the highest quality services.

Helps organize and strengthen patient safety efforts - Patient safety and quality of care issues are at the forefront of Joint Commission standards and initiatives

Enhances staff recruitment and development - Joint Commission accreditation can attract qualified personnel who prefer to serve in an accredited organization. Accredited organizations also provide additional opportunities to staff to develop their skills and knowledge.

Provides a framework for organizational structure and management - Accreditation involves not only preparing for a survey, but maintaining a high-level of quality and compliance with the latest standards. Joint Commission accreditation provides guidance to an organization's quality improvement efforts.