Clay County Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Critical Access Hospitals Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.


Clay County Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review on January 27th, 2020. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with Critical Access Hospital standards spanning several areas, including leadership, rights, and responsibilities of the patient, emergency management, environment of care, and infection prevention and control.


Bob Sellers, Clay County Hospital’s CEO, states, “I am extremely proud of the providers and staff at CCH with our most recent results from the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission focuses on high standards of quality and environment of care, and our team far exceeded those standards. The reviewer stated, “it was the best review she has been a part of in her eight years with the Joint Commission.”


The Joint Commission’s standards were developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts, and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess, and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.


The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible.