John Muir Health Clinical Programs Awarded Certification from The Joint Commission

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- After undergoing an on-site evaluation, John Muir Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for three of its clinical programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality. Certifications awarded include:

  • Renewed Advanced Certification in Primary Stroke Care, maintaining Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Status (Walnut Creek and Concord)
  • Diabetes Program recertification (Walnut Creek)
  • Wound Care Program recertification (Walnut Creek)

A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated John Muir Health for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management, as well as nationally developed standards for stroke care.

“John Muir Health is pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community,” says Dawn Knight, Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at John Muir Health. "The Joint Commission certifications were awarded with no findings of any areas of deficiency, which validates John Muir Health’s significant investment and continuous focus on quality. The surveyors noted the ‘passion and quest for excellence’ in the care of patients that permeates John Muir Health.”

The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program — the nation’s first — in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

About John Muir Health

John Muir Health is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care organization serving patients in Contra Costa, eastern Alameda and southern Solano Counties. It includes a network of 950 primary care and specialty physicians, more than 6,000 employees, medical centers in Concord and Walnut Creek, including the county’s only trauma center, and a Behavioral Health Center. The health system also offers a full-range of medical services, including primary care, outpatient, lab and imaging services, and is widely recognized as a leader in many specialties – neurosciences, orthopedic, cancer, cardiovascular, emergency and high-risk obstetrics care. For more information, visit

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at


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