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Adventist Health Receives Hospital & Home Care Accreditation by The Joint Commission

Awards & Recognition

Adventist Health/Walla Walla General Hospital and Adventist Health/Home Care Services have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care. The accreditation survey is conducted on-site triennially. 

“We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to consistently providing excellent care in safe, healing environment,” says Monty Knittel, Walla Walla General Hospital, President & CEO. “Receiving The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® demonstrates our intentional and relentless efforts to provide outstanding health care to the Walla Walla Valley.”

Walla Walla General Hospital underwent a rigorous, on-site survey in March 2016. During the review, a team of surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews. 

Adventist Health/Home Care Services also underwent a rigorous on-site survey simultaneously in March 2016. Surveyors evaluated compliance with home care standards in key organization areas including the provision of care, treatment and services, emergency management, human resources, individual rights and responsibilities, and leadership. 

The Joint Commission’s hospital and home care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, researches and measurement experts, purchasers, industry experts, and patients and consumers. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance. 

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 accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit 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