Within the past few years, there have developed a number of cooperative efforts on the part of national organizations in the health field, including the American Medical Association, for the purpose of exploring and, whenever possible, of taking concerted action in resolving problems of mutual concern. An outstanding example of this type of cooperation is the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. The Joint Commission came into being on December 15, 1951, when the first meeting was held in Chicago. Since that time, the program of the commission has become well established and accepted by the medical profession and the hospital field alike as the best mechanism through which high standards of patient care can be achieved in hospitals throughout the country on a voluntary basis.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals is sponsored by five great medical and hospital organizations: the American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association,