Ambulatory Surgery Center Receives AAAHC Accreditation

September 19, 2008 - Silverdale, Washington - The Doctors Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association). Accreditation distinguishes both the outpatient surgery and endoscopy areas at The Doctors Clinic Salmon Medical Center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to patients.

Status as an accredited organization means The Doctors Clinic has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by the Accreditation Association. More than 3,600 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; and not all surgery centers undergoing the on-site survey are granted accreditation. The Doctors Clinic has been awarded a three year accreditation – the highest accreditation possible.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” states The Doctors Clinic President, Brian P. Wicks, MD.  "When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that the 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 standards possible."

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the Accreditation Association’s 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. 

“Accreditation underscores our mission of Excellence In Patient Care. Going through the process demonstrates our dedication to critically evaluate our own performance, challenging us to find better ways to serve our patients and consistently uphold the gold standard of quality,” said Wicks.

AAAHC accreditation is specifically for organizations that provide diagnostic or medical care on an outpatient basis – where an overnight stay is not 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.

About The Doctors Clinic

The Doctors Clinic is a physician owned multi-specialty medical group with 75 physicians dedicated to healing and excellence. Founded in 1949, the multi-specialty medical group provides comprehensive, specialized and integrated medical and surgical services. With a mission of Excellence in Patient Care, The Doctors Clinic is committed to personalized and compassionate care while offering leadership in improving the health of the communities we serve.

The Doctors Clinic has nine clinical sites throughout Kitsap County. Primary and specialty care can be found in the communities of Bainbridge Island, East Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo and Silverdale.

About the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care

 AAAHC/Accreditation Association, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 3,600 organizations accredited nationwide. The AAAHC accredits a variety of ambulatory health care organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, college student health centers, and large medical and dental practices. The Accreditation Association 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.




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