With the accreditation of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, a hospital dedicated to the treatment of patients with stroke, brain injury, and other debilitating conditions in Oklahoma City, The Joint Commission marks its 20,000th organization to have currently achieved accreditation or certification from The Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission was founded in 1951 to improve the safety and quality of health care for the public, but the organization states that goal would have been impossible without the commitment of health care organizations to achieving the shared goal through accreditation and certification. Seeking accreditation and certification from The Joint Commission is a voluntary choice to attain the highest standards for quality and safety for the delivery of health care.

“Because of the efforts of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital and all of the 20,000 accredited and certified health care organizations that have chosen to meet The Joint Commission’s high standards for health care quality, millions of Americans have the opportunity to receive better, safer care,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president, The Joint Commission. “I would like to thank each of our 20,000 accredited and certified organizations for undertaking the challenge of improving health care with us, and ask that others continue to work with us through accreditation and certification as we strive to achieve our vision that all people always experience the safest, highest quality, best value health care across all settings.”