Student health service at ASU achieves reaccreditation
M.S. Shook Student Health
Service at Appalachian State University has achieved reaccreditation by the
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
the campus health clinic from many other outpatient facilities by providing the
highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent,
external process of evaluation.
Status as an accredited
organization means Appalachian's student health service has met nationally
recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC.
More than 5,000 ambulatory
health-care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.
Not all ambulatory
health-care organizations seek accreditation, and not all that undergo the
rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.
reaccreditation speaks very highly of the university's commitment to support a
quality clinic environment for the students, and it also speaks highly of the
commitment our entire staff has to providing excellent care for the students,"
said Dr. Bob Ellison, director of the student health service. "This was a real
The reaccreditation process
occurs every three years.
It looks at standards
related to policies and procedures, interactions with other health-care
providers and resources in the county and other university departments, and
credentials and education of staff, among others.
"It's validation of your
practice and another measure of quality," said Joyce Moretz Young, a registered
nurse, of the reaccreditation.
Young is the nurse
supervisor for Appalachian's student health service.
"The standards we must meet
for reaccreditation are there for a reason -- to ensure the quality of care
provided to each the patient. Those standards result in better clinical
practice," she said.
organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment
and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors -- physicians, nurses and
administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care.
The survey is consultative
and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its
care and services.
Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in
ambulatory health-care accreditation. AAAHC accredits a variety of
organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery
centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health-care
clinics, and large medical and dental practices.
AAAHC serves as an advocate
for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of
nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation
AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.