Quality and Accreditation
UW Health is dedicated to providing high-quality, safe medical care. One component in measuring patient safety and quality care is external agency accreditation.
Accrediting agencies establish rigorous standards that hospitals and health care programs must meet in order to receive accreditation. While each agency has its own review methodology, they each thoroughly examine the process, quality, and safety of care delivery to determine how the healthcare organization compares to national industry standards.
Why it Matters
Our mission includes the provision of safe, high-quality health care. If a health care organization provides care that meets or exceeds national standards, there is a strong likelihood that patients will experience positive outcomes. Participating in an accreditation program is one way to assure we are continually striving to improve the quality and safety of the services we provide.
The Joint Commission is a not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs across the United States.
The Joint Commission routinely conducts surveys that measure performance in key areas, such as patient care, patient rights, medication management, infection control, emergency management, environmental safety, leadership and human resources. The surveys involve unannounced onsite visits to evaluate care processes and provide feedback on ways to improve.
UW Hospitals and Clinics has achieved the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for three programs:
Joint Commission Advanced Certification
In addition to accreditation from the Joint Commission, two disease specific programs have earned advanced certification for exceptional care in disease management in the following areas::
- Comprehensive Stroke Center
- Inpatient Diabetes
- Ventricular Assist Device
Level I Trauma and Burn Center
UW Hospitals and Clinics is verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level I Trauma Center for both pediatric and adult patients, with an ACS-verified Burn Center. This review process involves nationally recognized standards for providing a systemic approach to trauma and burn care with trained and capable personnel, adequate facilities, and ongoing self-assessment.
UW Organ and Tissue Donation
UW Organ and Tissue Donation, one of the most successful programs in the nation, is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). AOPO has established clinical, ethical and organizational standards for Organ Procurement organizations. Voluntary accreditation demonstrates and organization’s compliance with federal regulations and national AOPO standards.
Other Accredited Programs and Services at UW Hospitals and Clinics
Numerous national agencies measure the performance of health care programs against specialty standards. Regular performance reviews involve staff interviews, observations and document reviews.
The following UW Hospitals and Clinics programs and services are recognized by respective regulatory agencies:
- Bariatric Surgery
- Laboratory Services
- Blood Banks
- Orthotic and Prosthetic Services
- Hematopoetic Stem Cell Program
- Mammography and Ultrasound
- Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Laboratory