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: