Mountain View Hospital has been awarded a three-year certificate of accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

"Accreditation is an important aspect of scrutiny that a health care facility goes through," said Michael A. Graham, administrator. "It is a voluntary process that examines if a hospital is doing what it says it is doing in policy and deeds."To become accredited, Mountain View Hospital voluntarily requested an on-site evaluation by commission surveyors, who applied standards designed to further the objectives of quality patient care and the safety of the environment in which that care is provided. These national standards represent a consensus among health care professionals and are periodically updated to reflect changes in health care delivery.

The survey team consists of health care professionals trained to evaluate the hospital programs' efforts to provide quality care. The surveyors also consult with the professional and administrative staffs.

The commission is a private, non-profit organization created by and composed of health care professionals. It is governed by a board of commissioners whose members are appointed by the American College of Surgeons, American College of Physicians, American Dental Association, American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association. A public member is appointed by the board to represent consumer concerns.