Pre-eminent healthcare accreditation
The Joint Commission is an independent nonprofit organization that since 1951 has served as the healthcare industry’s pre-eminent accrediting body. Its focus is to improve healthcare for the public by evaluating the quality and safety of the care provided by healthcare organizations.
The Joint Commission’s certification process is rigorous and thorough. Certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality in healthcare and a commitment to meeting high performance standards.
Below are the Joint Commission certifications for UW Medicine hospitals and programs:
Harborview Medical Center
UW Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center at Harborview
The UW Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center at Harborview is home to the 1st Joint Commission certiﬁed Comprehensive Stroke Center in Washington State.
The Joint Commission awards “comprehensive” status only to those centers that have demonstrated the ability to:
- Provide advanced stroke care and therapies around the clock for all stroke patients including those with the most complex stroke conditions
- Participate in a rigorous on-site review with a thorough examination of the program by the Joint Commission
- Consistently meet or exceed quality patient care outcome standards
- Maintain the significant differences in resources, staff and training that are necessary for the treatment of complex stroke cases
- Maintain a robust stroke care quality and safety review program
- Actively participate in stroke research