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The Joint Commission

Improves the quality of patient care by reducing variation in clinical processes – The Joint Commission’s standards and emphasis on clinical practice guidelines help organizations establish a consistent approach to care, reducing the risk of error. Promotes a culture of excellence across the organization – Meeting Joint Commission standards is an accomplishment recognized with the awarding of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. Certified organizations proudly display the Gold Seal to advertise their commitment to health care quality.


National Association of Epilepsy Centers

Level 3 Epilepsy Center (Monitoring and Surgery). Levels 3 and 4 care takes place at specialized epilepsy centers. Caguas Hospital was recertified as Level 3 after achieving Level 4 due to suspension of electrode treatment during the COVID-19 limitations imposed by the Government.


Commision on Cancer

HIMA•San Pablo Caguas’ Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. This distinctions demostrates a cancer program’s commitment to providing high-quality, multidisciplinary, patient-centered cancer care. The only private center in PR with this disctinction and 1 of only 3 (Veteran’s and the Government’s). Together with the Hospital’s Cancer Ward for Pediatrics and Adults, it is marketed as the HIMA San Pablo Oncological Hospital, as a “hospital within a hospital” concept.


Primary Stroke Center

The Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers recognizes centers that follow the best practices for stroke care. Programs applying for advanced certification must meet the requirements for Disease-Specific Care Certification plus additional, clinically specific requirements and expectations. This is Puerto Rico’s only certified Primary Stroke Center, and only 1 of 2 stroke centers, only one with 24-hour on-call neurosurgery program. Government’s own stroke center closed in June 2016.


Children Oncology Group (COG)

The Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials group, is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research. The COG unites more than 9,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals, universities, and cancer centers across North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe in the fight against childhood cancer.


American Heart Association

Get with the Guidelines Awards
Heart Failure
Gold Plus & Honor Roll

Award recognizes the hospital’s committment to follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital re-admissions for heart failure patients. Bayamon has been a recurring recipient of the American Heart Association Quality Awards for heart failure since 2015 and Caguas since 2014.


American Heart Association
American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus & Honor Roll, and Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Award recognizes hospital for adhering to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. The programs recognized as “Honor Roll” must demonstrate door-to-needle times within 60 minutes for at least 75 percent of applicable patients


Baby Friendly Hospital

Fajardo has received recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.