Almost 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by the AAAHC. Accreditation is a voluntary process and serves as a quality and performance measure against nationally-recognized standards. Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – volunteer physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.
“We believe our patients deserve the best,” says Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center Practice Administrator, Stephanie Woodard. “When patients see our certificate of accreditation, they will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that we, as an organization, care enough about our patients to strive for the highest care possible.”
AAAHC accreditation is specifically for organizations that provide diagnostic or medical care on an outpatient basis—where an overnight stay would not be required. Among the types of ambulatory 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.
“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to our patients and the quality of care we provide,” adds Woodard.
About Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center
Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center was founded in 1974 and provides cosmetic, reconstructive, and skin care services. RPSC’s Board-certified plastic surgeons specialize in providing several procedures including rhinoplasty, breast augmentation and reduction, otoplasty, abdominoplasty, liposuction, and facelifts. For more information, visit www.raleighplasticsurgery.com.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with almost 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of ambulatory health care organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, college student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.
Stephanie Woodard, Practice Administrator
Raleigh Plastic Surgery Center