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Specialty Certification

Hospitals that are accredited through the Joint Commission (JC) can choose to pursue specialty certifications in several areas: perinatal care, palliative care, total hip, and total knee replacement, and disease-specific care for example. Achieving certification in a specialty area demonstrates commitment and achievement of  specific patient and quality parameters within a defined area.

Certification programs help to set up a program framework in which variation and risk is reduced and care is improved. In order to apply for perinatal care certification, a robust program must be in place that includes: strong quality infrastructure, multidisciplinary engagement, data collection and analysis, use of evidence-based guidelines, education and competency programs, and early identification of high-risk pregnancies (this is not an all-inclusive list). Thus, achieving certification supports the development of comprehensive programs which are more likely to result in better outcomes for mothers and infants including reduced complications, mortality, prematurity, and reduced costs. Lastly, achieving certification is a good marketing tool that can help to attract top talent and demonstrate excellence to the public.


Certifications by Setting. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation-and-certification/certification/certifications-by-setting/

Perinatal Care Certification. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation-and-certification/certification/certifications-by-setting/hospital-certifications/perinatal-care-certification/

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