FSU’s University Health Services achieves national accreditation

Mary B. Coburn Health and Wellness Center. (FSU Photography Services)
Mary B. Coburn Health and Wellness Center. (FSU Photography Services)

University Health Services (UHS) at Florida State University has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This accreditation distinguishes UHS from many other facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety.

Status as an accredited organization means UHS has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,100 ambulatory health organizations across the United States are currently accredited by AAAHC.

“We are thrilled that our health center team has once again been formally recognized by our accrediting body for the consistent, high-quality care and compassion that we provide our students every day,” said Amy Magnuson, director of University Health Services.

The three-year period between accreditations is a critical time when ambulatory health organizations, with help from proven experts, can develop the kind of everyday habits that enable leaders in the industry to provide the utmost in quality care to their patients. Organizations that earn AAAHC accreditation commit to ongoing, high-quality care and patient safety.

While the onsite survey is an important component of the process, ongoing compliance and continuous improvement are part of the accreditation maintenance mindset that a facility should integrate into its daily activities long after the survey has been completed. The intent of accreditation is for organizations to adopt policies and procedures that fuel ongoing quality improvement and self-evaluation every day.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and onsite survey by AAAHC expert surveyors. The survey is peer-based and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

For more information about UHS, visit uhs.fsu.edu. To learn more about AAAHC, visit aaahc.org.