Department Of Student Health Receives Top Marks From Joint Commission
April 23, 2002-- The Department
of Student Health at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville
has achieved ambulatory care accreditation from the Joint Commission
on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, receiving a remarkable
99 out of a possible perfect score of 100.
becoming accredited, the U.Va. Department of Student Health was
evaluated against a set of national standards by a Joint Commission
surveyor experienced in the delivery of ambulatory health care services,"
says Mike Dye, associate director, Ambulatory Program, Joint Commission.
"Achieving accreditation demonstrates the Departments
commitment to provide high quality and safe care to its patients."
organization has many notable strengths. Understanding and application
of quality improvement process and methods to all functions, improvement
efforts, and design of new services and processes is exemplary,"
says Mary Dekker, Joint Commission surveyor.
Student Health Advisory Committee is working to educate University
of Virginia students about the excellence of our health center,
and this outstanding accreditation report will help in our efforts
to improve the Health Centers reputation on grounds. The SHAC
is informing students about national accreditation as a way to increase
their confidence and appreciation for the quality care that Student
Health delivers. The SHAC members are all very thrilled about the
Joint Commissions decision," says Annette Martin, Chair, Student
Health Advisory Committee.
accreditation report reaffirms the excellence and service brought
to our University community by our hardworking and dedicated staff.
In addition, it reflects the unwavering support the University has
provided Student Health over the years. The University of Virginia
values outstanding health services for students and we believe we
are making a difference in the health and wellness or our students
and our community," says Dr. James C. Turner, Executive Director
Student Health Center.
independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is
the predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health
care. Since 1975, the Joint Commission has developed state-of-the-art
standards for outpatient ambulatory care organizations. More than
1,100 freestanding ambulatory care organizations maintain Joint
Commission accreditation and the Universitys health center
is one of only 35 student health centers accredited nationwide.
James C. Turner, M.D., (434) 924-5471