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MEDIA CONTACT: Dawn Howard
561-297-0910, dhowar10@fau.edu

Florida Atlantic University’s Student Health Services Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 22, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Student Health Services recently achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this university health service from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Cathie Wallace, RN, MSN, director of FAU Student Health Services. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC has closely examined our facilities and procedures. It means we, as an organization, care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible. Student Health Services is well positioned to respond to the health care needs of our students now and into the future. ”

Ambulatory healthcare organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – 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. Not all ambulatory healthcare organizations seek accreditation and not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, said Wallace. “It is a constant reminder of our responsibility to strive for continuous improvement of the quality of care we provide for our students.”

The AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory healthcare accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide in a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC, an independent nonprofit organization, serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality healthcare through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs.

FAU Student Health Services provides primary medical services for FAU students on three campuses located in Boca Raton, Davie and Jupiter. Medical staff include two board-certified physicians, five board-certified advanced registered nurse practitioners, a Florida licensed dentist and pharmacy manager, as well as highly qualified support staff including Florida licensed registered nurses, dental hygienists, a certified dental assistant and pharmacy technician.

For more information, contact Cathie Wallace at 561-297-3516 or cwallace@fau.edu, or visit www.fau.edu/shs.

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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