When a hospital is accredited by an organization, it means the hospital has met the defined standards or predetermined criteria of that accrediting agency. By definition, accreditation is voluntary, as opposed to regulation, which is a requirement found in law or statute.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center works hard to comply with all regulatory requirements and seeks accreditation from several organizations for a variety of reasons, including:
- Accreditation can indicate that we deliver the highest quality of care. Some accreditations are considered the “gold standard” of care.
- Professional schools require Joint Commission accreditation if we wish, as a teaching institution, to train nursing, medical, pharmacy and other students.
- Third-party payors, the entities that provide payment for medical and related services, usually require that we maintain certain accreditations.
- The National Institutes of Health requires Joint Commission accreditation before awarding clinical research grants to teaching hospitals.
The organizations that accredit Cincinnati Children’s each focus on specific standards, ranging from high-quality care to patient and staff safety.
Our accreditations include:
- Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
- Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
- American Board of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Lab
- American College of Surgeons, Level I Trauma Center
- American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Cancer Program
- American Dental Association (ADA), Dental Program
- American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Program
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Pharmacy Residency Program
- Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs Inc. (AAHRPP), Research
- College of American Pathologists (CAP), Main Laboratories, Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics
- Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation
- Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
- Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories
- National Children’s Alliance
- The Joint Commission, Hospital / Ambulatory, Behavioral Health, Home Care