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Academic Medical Center Hospitals

Why Get Accredited?

Since 1994, JCI is the world’s largest health care accreditor. Each organization seeks the universally recognized Gold Seal of Approval® as part of a continuous performance-improvement journey.


  • The experts at JCI are available to help you answer any questions your organization has about JCI accreditation. 

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JCI Hospital Standards
for Academic Medical Center Hospitals

  • Are Designed To:
    • Ensure a safe environment that reduces risk for care recipients and caregivers
    • Offer quantifiable benchmarks for quality and patient safety
    • Stimulate and demonstrate continuous, sustained improvement through a reliable process
    • Provide accredited hospitals with public recognition of their achievements and commitment to excellence
    • Improve outcomes and patient satisfaction
    • Enhance efficiency
    • Reduce costs through standardized care
  • Address:
    • International Patient Safety Goals
    • Access to care and continuity of care
    • Patient and family rights
    • Assessment of patients
    • Care of patients
    • Anesthesia and surgical care
    • Medication management and use
    • Patient and family education
    • Quality improvement and patient safety
    • Prevention and control of infections
    • Governance, leadership, and direction
    • Facility management and safety
    • Staff qualifications and education
    • Management of communication and information
  • Quantifying the Value of JCI Accreditation

    A pilot study in Spain demonstrated that one JCI-accredited hospital achieved a €2,674,956 annual savings from shorter length of stay, €77,327 annual savings due to decreased Cesarean sections, and €86,375 annual savings from reduced readmissions within seven days of discharge. These improvements translate into €11,354,630 savings over four years of accreditation.

    Excerpted from “Value and Impact of Implementing International Hospital Accreditation Standards: A Pilot Study” presented by Donald S. Shepard, PhD, 25 October 2011

Is My Hospital an Academic Medical Center Hospital?

In addition to the eligibility requirements for JCI-accredited hospitals, academic medical center hospitals must also meet each of these criteria:

  • academic_262_aThe applicant hospital is organizationally or administratively integrated with a medical school.
  • The applicant hospital is the principal site for the education of both medical students (undergraduates) and postgraduate medical specialty trainees (for example, residents or interns) from the medical school noted in criterion 1.
  • At the time of application, the applicant hospital is conducting academic and/or commercial human subjects’ research under multiple approved protocols involving patients of the hospital.

Assessing Readiness for Accreditation

How do you know when you are ready for JCI academic medical center accreditation? This is an important question and one that should not be considered lightly. Accreditation is not a one-time accomplishment or “passing an examination.” JCI accreditation is an ongoing commitment to a process that demands time, financial resources, and follow-through, but will ultimately help you to improve continuously over time.


JCI accredits small, specialty organizations, as well as large, more complex organizations.  Survey fees are based on the size and complexity of the health care organization, which determine the size of the survey team and the number of days necessary to conduct the survey.

To receive an estimated cost of survey fees, please send a request to:

How Do You Begin?

Introducing the Pathway to JCI Accreditation for Hospitals. This easy-to-navigate resource outlines the 10 steps hospitals and academic medical centers typically follow in their pursuit of accreditation. The milestones outlined within each step help your team organize activities and monitor progress throughout your accreditation preparation efforts.

Pathway to JCI Accreditation - Begin Your Journey