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