Student Health Services at Alfred State College has achieved re-accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The award is given to those ambulatory care centers that have met nationally recognized standards for quality health care.
The accrediting body, Chicago-based AAAHC, provided an on-site, peer-based survey of the ASC health services and facilities. The survey team, composed of physicians and health care administrators, evaluated all aspects of patient care. ASC Health Services earned the "substantially compliant" rating, the highest ranking a facility can achieve. A three-year accreditation, the maximum number of years available, has been received for the fourth consecutive time since ASC has applied for the accreditation.
In the award letter from AAAHC, ASC Health Services was congratulated on "the dedication and effort necessary for an organization to be accredited [which] is substantial and the compliance with those standards implies a commitment to continual self-evaluation and continuous improvement."
Judi Grant, nurse practitioner and director of ASC Health Services, recognizes her staff for their continued dedication in providing quality health care to students while they are away from home attending college. "This accreditation validates the effort and commitment of our staff to bring quality health care to the students of Alfred State College."
"This very positive response by an outside accrediting agency demonstrates the ability of our Health Services personnel to deliver quality services at reasonable costs," said Dr. John M. Anderson, president, Alfred State College, on learning of the accreditation.
The AAAHC conducts its accreditation program on a national basis and has accredited more than 2,500 ambulatory health care organizations including single and multi-specialty group practices, ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, college and university health services, health maintenance organizations and other managed care systems, dental group practices, community health centers, and occupational health centers. AAAHC notes that not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation and not all undergoing the on-site survey are granted accreditation.