WMU News

Sindecuse Health Center earns reaccreditation

June 19, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Sindecuse Health Center was reaccredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care following a March 17-18, 2003, site visit.

"We're extremely proud of our accomplishment," said Dr. Gary M. Kirk, center director. "It demonstrates a conscious effort on our part to meet and exceed standards so we can continue to provide the WMU community with the best health care possible. This also exemplifies our teamwork approach--all Sindecuse staff, from our front office and clinicians to our laboratory staff and our custodians, are responsible for the center's good showing."

The Sindecuse Health Center was first accredited by the AAAHC in 1997, then reaccredited in 2000. Among the specific areas evaluated during the accreditation process are: rights of patients, governance, administration, quality of care provided, quality management and improvement, professional improvement, facilities and environment, and services.

A private, not-for-profit organization, the AAAHC was formed in 1979 to assist ambulatory health care organizations in improving the quality of care they provide to their patients. It accomplishes this by setting standards, measuring performance, providing consultation and education where needed, and, ultimately, by awarding accreditation to those organizations that are found to be in compliance with its standards.

The AAAHC has conducted surveys in nearly every type of ambulatory health care organization, including college and university health services, ambulatory clinics and surgery centers, single- and multi-specialty group practices, health maintenance organizations, independent physician associations, birthing centers, community health centers, hospital-sponsored ambulatory health services, urgent and immediate care centers, office-based surgery centers and practices, pain management clinics, podiatry offices, and networks and groups of ambulatory care organizations.

For more information, those interested may call Linda Spiker at (269) 387-3282.

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


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