American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Check for Facility Accreditation

Your operation should be performed in an accredited hospital, outpatient surgery center, or cancer treatment center. Accreditation means that the hospital or surgical center is committed to providing high-quality health care and that it has demonstrated commitment to meeting high patient-safety standards.

Hospitals are accredited and evaluated by The Joint Commission. A hospital accredited by The Joint Commission means that the hospital has met The Joint Commission's quality and safety standards. You can check to see if a hospital has been accredited by visiting and entering your search information.

Surgical Centers are accredited and evaluated by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and The Joint Commission. Accreditation by AAAHC is a voluntary process that involves a self-assessment by the organization and a thorough review by expert surveyors. Visit AAAHC to see if your surgical center is accredited. Once you enter the AAAHC website, click the heading “Search for Accredited Organizations” to access find a list of facilities in your area.