Baylor Health Services Again Meets Rigorous National Accreditation Standards
Seal of approval from Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care underscores high-quality health care and commitment to continuous improvement
WACO, Texas (June 13, 2023) – Baylor University Health Services, an on-campus primary care ambulatory clinic that provides medical care and patient education to Baylor students, has been awarded three-year accreditation again by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the leading accreditor of ambulatory health care organizations in the United States. Baylor Health Services has been accredited by AAAHC since 2008.
“This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization,” said Sharon Stern, M.D., medical director of Baylor Health Services. “Pursuing accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients and the same high level of quality in our business practices. Achieving AAAHC Accreditation is proof that Baylor University Health Services has met the rigorous standards of a nationally recognized third party.”
Located on campus in the McLane Student Life Center, Baylor Health Services is comprised of a multidisciplinary staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, a psychiatrist, nurses, a physical therapist, pharmacist, pharmacy technicians and administrative and technical personnel, who are available to provide a comprehensive array of services for the Baylor student population. Baylor Health Services’ mission is to facilitate the academic success and retention of students by maintaining their maximum health and wellness through the delivery of quality medical care in a Christian environment.
Having again earned AAAHC Accreditation, Baylor Health Services embodies the philosophy of “1095 Strong, quality every day,” a commitment to ongoing improvement and quality each day of operation. During the three-year (or 1,095-day) accreditation term, organizations continue to develop and foster the kind of everyday habits that enable leaders in the industry to provide the utmost in health care delivery and patient safety.
“We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement in patient care,” said Suellen Husak, RN, B.S.N., assistant director of nurses in charge of accreditation.
Founded in 1979, AAAHC provides an external, independent review of a health care delivery organization against nationally recognized standards and its own policies, procedures, processes and outcomes. It serves a wide range of organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, medical and dental group practices, community health centers, employer-based health clinics, retail clinics and Indian/Tribal health centers, among others.
AAAHC accreditation drives quality improvement in ambulatory patient care through a voluntary, peer-based and educational accreditation process. The organization provides facilities with rigorous standards and education to apply to their patient care environment and conduct routine onsite evaluations to assess compliance. The organization commits to a thorough, onsite survey at least every three years by AAAHC surveyors, who are health care professionals.
ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.