April 23, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU Student Health Center earns 3-year AAAHC accreditation
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care has reviewed operations at Slippery Rock University's McLachlan Student Health Center and granted it a three-year accreditation, the maximum permitted under AAAHC regulations.
"This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization," said Kristina Chiprean, director of the SRU facility. "Accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our students, and the same high level of conduct in our business practices. Accreditation by the AAAHC is proof of this commitment and signifies that we have met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party."
"We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation, and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement and patient care in the future," she said.
The SRU health center, located in Rhoads Hall, earned its first accreditation in 1997 and was the first center in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to earn the honor.
The center annually handles more than 19,000 student visits for health- and wellness-related clinical issues annually and reaches more than 14,000 students through outreach activities. SRU's student population is near 8,600.
In order to receive accreditation, the center first completed a self-evaluation and led a peer-based, on-site survey of its facilities and services.
Chiprean said among the most often heard questions during parent visits to campus when potential students and their families are deciding on which college to enroll are those dealing with health center services. "Parents want to know that appropriate services will be available to their child when they are away from home."
SRU's center is one of only two in the state system to offer 24-7 service.
In addition to direct healthcare matters, the center offers a variety of educational programs dealing with diet, weight loss, exercise, preventative healthcare issues, importance of a healthy lifestyles, sexually transmitted infections and information on national and world health issues such the recent H1N1 flu outbreak.
Chiprean said the center's staff is constantly updated about local, national and international health issues. She said campus diversity, including students and visitors from international countries, make it imperative to be aware of worldwide health issues on the off chance a health problem hit campus.
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.