Ithaca College Health Center Earns National Accreditation
ITHACA, NY — The J. David Hammond Center for Student Health Services at Ithaca College has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Status as an accredited organization means the center has met nationally recognized standards for providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of health care to its patients.
“This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of the Ithaca College Student Health Service,” said Dr. David Newman, director of the health center. “Achieving accreditation from an independent organization like the AAAHC is the end result of sustained effort on the part of everyone in our health service. We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement and top-level patient care in the future.”
AAAHC accreditation is specifically for ambulatory health care organizations, which provide diagnostic or medical care on an outpatient basis. Facilities seeking accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and an on-site review by the association’s expert surveyors — volunteer physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care.
The Hammond Health Center serves students by appointment and on an urgent care basis for most illnesses and injuries, working closely with Cayuga Medical Center and with local and regional specialists to provide referrals whenever off-campus care is necessary. In addition to ambulatory care, the center offers laboratory testing, on-site X-rays, and selected prescription medications.
Founded in 1979, the AAAHC 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.