When you walk into most hospitals you will find a variety of signs and messages hanging on the wall. If you stop to read them and you should you will find important facts about the hospital. For example you should find a certificate of accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations.
If the hospital requests accreditation (and all will since payment of funds by the various federal programs depends on accreditation) it will be visited and inspected by this national organization. After a rather in-depth inspection process the hospital may receive accreditation for up to three years. It is a measure of the hospital’s quality and should not be ignored.