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U.Va. Department Of Student Health Receives Top Marks From Joint Commission On Accreditation


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.

"In 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 Department’s commitment to provide high quality and safe care to its patients."

"This 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.

"The 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 Center’s 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 Commission’s decision," says Annette Martin, Chair, Student Health Advisory Committee.

"The 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.

An 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 University’s health center is one of only 35 student health center’s accredited nationwide.

Contact: James C. Turner, M.D., (434) 924-5471

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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