April 20, 2014  

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Student Health Services Earns Continuing AAAHC Accreditation

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Student Health Services at The University of Southern Mississippi has achieved continuing accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes Student Health Services from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Student 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.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” said Dr. Virginia Crawford, director of Student Health Services. “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 we care 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 – physicians, 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,” said Crawford.     

Student Health Services offers general medical care for all students, faculty, and staff at the university. Treatment is available for a wide range of health issues, including acute minor illnesses such as colds, sinus problems, and allergies; and chronic medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. Student Health Services also offers preventive health service and education, including women’s health exams, cholesterol screening, smoking cessation and a men’s health program. Learn more about Student Health Services at http://www.usm.edu/student-health-services or call 601.266.5390.