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SRU’S McLACHLAN STUDENT HEALTH CENTER
REACCREDITED BY NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “As more and more students
and their parents come to depend on the quality of campus health
services, we are very proud the Accreditation Association for
Ambulatory Health Care, Inc., has reaccredited Slippery Rock
University’s McLachlan Student Health Center,” says
Linda Beatty, center director.
’s student health center, located in Rhoads Hall, was first
accredited in 1997 as the first center in the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education to gain the distinction. “We have
undergone three reviews since that first accreditation and been
granted three-year renewals on each,” Beatty explains. The
current accreditation runs through March 2007.
the latest academic-year report, the center saw nearly 20,000
students visit the center for health- and wellness-related matters.
SRU’s student population is 7,800.
writing of the approval, Dr. Gerald G. Edds, president of the
Illinois-based AAAHC, noted, “The dedication and effort
necessary for an organization to be accredited is substantial, and
your organization is to be commended for this
accomplishment.” Across the U.S., AAAHC has accredited only
130 student health services.
part of the accreditation process, the center’s staff, led by
Beatty, completed a self-evaluation and led a peer-based, on-site
survey of its facilities and services.
are finding both students and their parents are not only evaluating
the academics, available technology, safety, residence halls and
food service of colleges and universities before enrolling, they
are also looking very closely at health services available. Parents
want to know their children are in an environment that is prepared
for both routine and urgent medical situations. We are proud to be
able to offer an accredited center here at SRU, and we are equally
proud to be able to offer students – and their parents
– the commitment and service of a very qualified and
dedicated staff,” Beatty explains.
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
and details related to sexually transmitted infections and
information on national and world health issues such as last
year’s outbreak of SARs in Asia. “Retaining
accreditation helps us know we are providing the quality of
healthcare our students require and deserve,” Beatty
constantly update our staff on all areas of health. Our student
population is diverse; they have multiple exposures on campus, at
home, at campus-related events here at SRU and elsewhere, and we
have students from other countries and students returning to campus
from foreign nations. We need to be informed, and we need to keep
our campus informed about important health issues,” Beatty
points out the center is involved in a variety of health aspects.
“Last year, we were awarded one of two national assessment
grants by the American College Health Association to review the
center’s operation related to building and strengthening
capacity to prevent HIV infection and outline other important
health problems among youth. The grant is part of ACHA’s
Building Healthy Campus Communities Project, a cooperative
agreement between the organization and the Division of Adolescent
and School Health of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and we are still expanding implementation of that
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