Accreditation and Achievements - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

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Accreditation and Achievements

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center has received a number of accreditations and awards. Some of our recent notable accomplishments include —

The Joint Commission (TJC)  

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center has achieved full Joint Commission accreditation and the Gold Seal of Approval™ for the following Medical Center Program and Services:

  • Hospital
  • Long Term Care
  • Home Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Opioid Treatment Program

In 2012, the Medical Center underwent an on-site review of its compliance with national standards. Certification demonstrates a commitment to providing and continuously improving quality services and recognizes the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center’s dedication to providing safe, high-quality care to patients.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

The Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)  

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by CARF International for the following Programs:

  • Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Program
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program (PRRC)
  • The Community Service Program / Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)
  • Behavioral Health Program / Domiciliary
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation Program
  • Employment and Community Services / Compensated Work Therapy

CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center’s commitment to exceptional, personalized care. An organization receiving the highest level of CARF accreditation has undergone a detailed peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality. For more information on CARF, visit

American College of Surgeons / Commission on Cancer (CoC)   

Achieving and maintaining CoC accreditation is a voluntary commitment by the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center cancer program that ensures its patients will have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support patients with cancer and their families. The cancer program is able to continually evaluate its performance and take proactive corrective action when necessary. This continuous evaluation reaffirms the commitment of the program to provide quality cancer care.

CoC accreditation program are nationally recognized by organizations such as The Joint Commission, American Cancer Society, Aetna, CMS, NQF and the National Cancer Institute as having established performance measures for the provision of high-quality cancer care.

American Diabetes Association  

The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center Outpatient Diabetic Education Program is recognized for meeting the national standards for Diabetes Self Management Education.

To promote quality education for people with diabetes, the ADA endorses the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. To support this goal, the ADA Education Recognition Program (ERP) assesses whether applicants meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self Management Education. The ADA ERP is the most experienced certifying body for Diabetes Self Management Training.


  • The Joint Commission
  • The College of American Pathologists (CAP)
  • The Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • American College of Radiation Oncology
  • The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
  • The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) for General Practice Residency Program
  • Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC) 
  • The Commission of Accreditation for Pastoral Services (COMISS)