# 4 JCAH ACCREDITATION – – THE LINCOLN HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE
This publication integrates several components under the rubric of accreditation. The first component was the need for and discussion of the need to form consumer based coalitions. The second was an offshoot of the creation of a broad based coalition which included for the first time the involvement of doctor interns and residents at a municipal hospital accreditation. This publication became the genesis of a series of articles related to the efforts of the consumer and provider coalition’s participation at Lincoln Hospital’s JCAH accreditation Public Information Interview (PII). The decision to participate and work with consumers by the interns and residents whose unique daily exposure to patient care within the hospital must be recognized for what it was: an act of courage in their daily struggle to ensure the improved quality and outcomes for some of the poorest and most discriminated population in the South Bronx.
This Quarterly describes the background of consumers to engage providers in efforts to improve care. It also discusses in depth the Lincoln Hospital experience of those groups working together including segments of the house staff’s presentation on June 18, 1974 as well as JCAH extracts from its final report.