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IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
724.738.2199
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Health Center earns AAAHC accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's McLachlan Student Health Center has earned three-year accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Accreditation distinguishes the University's health care organization from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

"It was a lot of work, but well worth it," said Kristina Chiprean, director of the center. "The evaluation team visited our facility and, as can be seen by our three-year accreditation, the maximum possible, they liked what they saw."

"We have long known that we have an outstanding health care center filled with dedicated staff who work daily with students dealing with everything from slight sniffles to very serious health issues. The Student Health Center is certainly a quality operation deserving of this prestigious accreditation," said Constance Foley, vice president for student life.

The McLachlan Student Health Center at SRU provides more than 66,000 student contacts each year, including clinical visits, phone advice and health promotion.

Status as an accredited organization means SRU'S center 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.

"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 as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible," Chiprean said.

"Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our student patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide," she said.

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.

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.

Third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public recognize AAAHC accreditation as a symbol of quality.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.