SMU’s Memorial Health Center has earned renewed accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), says Patrick Hite, FACHE, executive director, Health Services.
To achieve its status as an accredited organization, the Health Center passed a series of nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care as set by the AAAHC. Almost 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by the AAAHC.
“Accreditation underscores our long-standing commitment to providing the highest possible levels of quality care to the community we serve,” Hite says. “We are very pleased and proud to have achieved accreditation; we believe this has helped us improve the quality of patient care and that our patients are the ultimate benefactors from our participation in the accreditation program.”
Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive on-site, peer-based survey of their facilities and services. The types of organizations that can apply for such accreditation include single- and multi-specialty group practices, ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, college and university health services, managed care systems, dental group practices, community health centers, and occupational health centers.
The Memorial Health Center has been accredited since 1998. The most recent survey extends its accreditation through 2014.