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Released March 14, 2005

SOUTHERN MISS STUDENT HEALTH SERVICE RECEIVES
AMBULATORY HEALTH CARE ACCREDITATION

HATTIESBURG – The University of Southern Mississippi's Student Health Service has been reaccredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Southern Miss Student Health Service passed a series of nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care, set by the accreditation association, to achieve the accreditation status. More than 200 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.

"(Southern Miss) Student Health Service is proud to be reaccredited by the AAAHC," said Dr. Virginia Crawford, medical director for SHS. "This accreditation indicates the Student Health Service's commitment to quality and service to the university community and validates the hard work of our staff."

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive on-site, peer-based survey of its facilities and services. Among the types of ambulatory health organizations that can seek AAAHC accreditation are ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, single and multi-specialty group practices, college health centers, dental group practices, community health centers, occupational health centers and managed care organizations.

The Southern Miss Student Health Service staff includes three doctors, seven nurses, one nurse practitioner, seven support staff members, one pharmacist, one certified pharmacy technician, one laboratory technician and one health educator.

"Accreditation underscores the university's and the Division of Student Affairs' longstanding commitment to providing the highest possible levels of quality health care to the university community that we serve," said Sid Gonsoulin, associate vice president of student affairs and executive director of the Division of Recreational Sports at Southern Miss. "We are pleased and proud to have the efforts, dedication and loyalty of our medical staff recognized with this accreditation."

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April 13, 2005 3:15 PM