NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — If it were a grade-school report card, Saint Peter's University Hospital would be owed some celebratory ice cream.

The New Brunswick hospital recently received the “Gold Seal of Approval” from The Joint Commission, a decades-old nonprofit organization that accredits medical centers across the country, according to an announcement.

The award marks Saint Peter's “commitment to providing safe and effective patient care,” according to the news release. Judges based their decision on an unannounced on-site survey, during which a team reviewed the hospital's compliance with standards governing emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

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Investigators conducted observations and interviews before rendering their verdict, according to the announcement.

“Saint Peter's is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” the hospital system's director of quality management, Robert MacFadyen, said in a statement. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission develops its benchmarks with help from health care experts and providers, measurement pros and patients, according to the group. The entity also uses scientific research to help hospitals further improve their performance.

More than 4,000 hospitals—from general institutions and long-term care providers to rehabs and specialty facilities—maintain accreditation from the commission, according to the release.

Accreditation lasts for three years.

“We commend Saint Peter's University Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization,” Mark Pelletier, the chief operating officer of the commission's division of accreditation and certification operations, said in a statement.