SUNY Oswego's Walker Health Center reaccredited

Mary Walker Health Center, primary care center for students of SUNY Oswego, has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care for the third time. The association administers the on-site accreditation survey every three years.

Status as an accredited organization means Walker Health Center has met the association’s nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care.

More than 3,600 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation, and not all undergoing the on-site survey are granted accreditation.

“We believe our students deserve the best health care,” said Jean Grant, director of student health services at Walker Health Center. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that the AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that we, as an organization, care enough about our patients to strive for the highest care possible.”

When seeking accreditation, health care organizations undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the association’s expert surveyors—volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners 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 this process allows us to challenge ourselves to find better ways to serve our students and improve our quality of care,” Grant said. “We are grateful for our wonderful staff members, who are all strong supporters of our students and help them to reach their academic goals.”

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(Posted: Sep 02, 2009)