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UW Student Health Service Achieves National Accreditation

May 6, 2016
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UW’s Student Health Service has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. (UW Photo)

The University of Wyoming Student Health Service has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Accreditation distinguishes UW Student Health Service from many other outpatient facilities, concluding that it provides the highest quality of care to its patients, as determined by an independent, external evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means that the UW Student Health Service has met nationally recognized standards for providing quality health care set by AAAHC, says Joanne Steane, UW Student Health Service director.

More than 6,000 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.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” Steane says. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we, as an organization, care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the organization’s 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.

“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” Steane says.

The UW Student Health Service has provided care to students since 1928, moving to the present facility on Prexy’s Pasture in 1961. The Student Health Service is staffed by five physicians, a physician assistant, two nurse practitioners and a psychiatric nurse practitioner; all are board certified in their specialty fields.

All medical staff provide high-quality, comprehensive primary health care and education to UW students. Additional services include a full-service pharmacy and laboratory.

About the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

The association, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 6,000 organizations accredited nationwide. 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 programs. 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.

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