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UT Arlington Health Services Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan, Office:817-272-5364, Cell:817-706-9811, kristinsul@uta.edu

The University of Texas Arlington Health Services has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Accreditation distinguishes this student health center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Health Services 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; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation. Health Services now joins the list of the only nine accredited student health centers in the state of Texas.

“Our patients deserve the best,” said Robert Blum, UT Arlington Health Services director. “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 that our organization cares enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – health care providers, mental health providers, 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,” Blum said.

UT Arlington Health Services is an outpatient, or ambulatory, facility open Monday through Friday during the academic year that offers quality care to eligible students. Originally opened on campus in its present building in 1963, Health Services has broadened its services to include a Medical Clinic, Women's Health Clinic, Immunization Clinic, Mental Health Services and Health Promotion and Substance Abuse education. Health Services also provides students a complex medical laboratory, a Class A pharmacy and a diagnostic radiology department. For more information, visit the UT Arlington Health Services center at 605 S. West St., Arlington, Texas, or call 817-272-2771. More information is available online at http://www.uta.edu/campus-ops/health-services.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 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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