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Sindecuse Health Center earns reaccreditation

June 7, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Sindecuse Health Center has been reaccredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Carol Eddy, executive director of Sindecuse, says the reaccreditation followed a February 2006 evaluation. It means the health center has passed a series of rigorous and nationally recognized AAAHC standards for the provision of quality health care.

"Accreditation underscores our longstanding commitment to providing the highest possible levels of quality care to the community we serve," Eddy says. "We're pleased and proud to have our efforts recognized with this accreditation."

The Sindecuse Health Center was first accredited by the AAAHC in 1997 and is reviewed for reaccreditation every three years. Among the specific areas evaluated during the accreditation process are rights of patients, governance, administration, services, quality of care provided, quality management and improvement, clinical records and health information, and facilities and environment.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC accreditation undergo an extensive on-site, peer-based survey of their facilities and services. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation and not all that undergo the on-site survey are granted accreditation.

Among the types of health care 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.

For more information, call Carol Eddy at (269) 387-3282.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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