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Primary Accreditation:
 David Grant USAF Medical Center is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit international accrediting body.   The Joint Commission is the premier national and international accrediting agency that certifies hospitals as being safe and meeting important patient care standards.

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States and around the world. Since 1951, the Joint Commission has led in the development and implementation of standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations. The Joint Commission's comprehensive accreditation process evaluates an organization's compliance with these standards, as well as other accreditation requirements.

Most public and private hospitals in the U.S. are Joint Commission-accredited since this is acknowledged as the gold standard for external validation that patient care services are effectively managed and professionally administered. At DGMC, this is also important for our graduate medical education and officer and enlisted specialty training programs, since such training is most often conducted in accredited health-care organizations. To earn and maintain the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval, a medical facility like DGMC must undergo an on-site survey by the Joint Commission's team of inspectors at least once every three years.

The Joint Commission's mission is ". . .to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations."

This is done through a demanding process that requires on-site review of clinical and other services every three years.

Accreditation by The Joint Commission signifies DGMC's sustained commitment to providing safe, high-quality health services, and to submit to measurement against the highest standards of clinical performance.

Health Care Quality: DGMC's latest accreditation results, as well as useful information about the implementation of National Patient Safety Goals and participation in The Joint Commission's National Quality Improvement program are accessible at TJC's public site known as Quality CheckĀ®, located at: Summary of Accreditation Quality Information

By selecting this link, you will be directed to DGMC's Quality Report, which includes accreditation information, patient care locations, available services, and clinical performance measures. These may be viewed or downloaded.

Additional Accreditations: DGMC is also receives a Health Services Inspection conducted by Headquarters Air Force Inspection Agency, Directorate of Medical Operations. The AFIA's survey team performs a rigorous inspection of DGMC's operational support functions in three major categories, 16 areas, 105 elements and 13 focus elements, measuring 1,657 criteria as directed by the Air Force Surgeon General office. The HSI is conducted in accordance with Air Force Instruction 90-201, Inspector General Activities, and are timed to coincide with the accreditation survey conducted by the Joint Commission. These inspections fulfill both Department of Defense and Air Force requirements for inpatient facilities across the Military Health Service.

Although the HSI and JC survey are separate entities, the combined visits improves efficiency by eliminating the need for separate visits by each team. HSIs are performed by experienced medical teams assigned to the AFIA. These inspections are conducted under the auspices of the Inspector General, and are similar to the Unit Compliance Inspections that the 60th Air Mobility Wing periodically undergoes.

DGMC's last accreditation survey was conducted in July 2011 as a "no-notice" inspection. DGMC scored an overall military treatment facility rating of 89 percent out of a possible 100 from the HSI. It matches a previous overall "Excellent" rating the medical center received after an advance notice inspection was conducted in December 2008. Categories and area results rated by the HSI included Expeditionary Medical Operations, which was rated "Excellent"; In-Garrison Medical Operations, also rated "Excellent" and Leadership, which was rated "Outstanding." There were no programmatic failures and no repeat findings from the previous inspection. 

DGMC's laboratory is also accredited biennially by the College of American Pathologists, another highly respected source for external oversight of clinical programs. DGMC's last CAP survey was conducted in Oct 2011 and is accredited through 2013.

In addition to The Joint Commission and CAP, DGMC seeks external oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Mammography and the American Association of Blood Banks for our blood-related services and processing center.

DGMC operates the second largest graduate medical education program in the Air Force, consisting of five medical, two dental, three allied health sciences, seven Phase II and four nurse transition program classes per year, with more than 200 students/residents per year. All of these GME programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

In 2007, the Nurse Anesthesia GME program conducted by the U.S. Army Medical Department's William Beaumont Army Medical Center and Northeastern University of Boston, Massachusetts ranked second out of 106 programs in the United States. A family medicine program with 42 residents is the largest in the Air Force. Additionally, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology, Transitional Year, Advanced Education in General Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Pharmacy Practice and Social Work residencies round out the suite of GME programs at DGMC.

-- The Joint U.S. Army / Northeastern University Nurse Anesthetist program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for the maximum allowable ten years.
-- The DGMC Family Medicine program has full accreditation from the ACGME through 2013.
-- The Joint UC Davis Internal Medicine program is accredited through 2012.
-- The Joint UC Davis General Surgery program has continued ACGME accreditation through 2013.
-- The Diagnostic Radiology program has received full ACGME accreditation through 2013.
-- The Transitional Year program has continued full ACGME accreditation.
-- The Advanced Education in General Dentistry program has been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) through 2012.
-- The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery program has been accredited by CODA through 2013.
-- The Pharmacy Practice program has been accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) through 2017.

Air Force Graduate Medical Education programs, including those at DGMC, prepare physicians to pass their specialty boards at higher than the national pass rate.

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