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Patient safety first, office accreditation

Monday, September 14th, 2009

We are preparing for office re-accreditation. One of the most important things we do to earn your trust is to participate in the quality assessment program of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This is to assure you that our surgical suite complies with all national and regional regulations regarding patient safety. Accreditation means that surgery in our office is as safe and sterile as if it is to be performed in a hospital. An added twist this year is that as of July 2009, New York State requires accreditation for any facility where surgery is performed under sedation to be accredited.    We have been far ahead of that trend and long ago recognized the importance of this milestone on behalf of our patients. Our office and operating room is being inspected next week for our third consecutive three-year accreditation. Assuming we pass, of which there is little doubt, it officially recognizes us for delivering excellent health care services to our patients. AAAHC is one of three national organizations recognized to provide certification. The AAAHC only accredits facilities that are committed to providing high-quality medical care and services. It is our way of demonstrating our commitment to providing the best care possible.

I would like to publically thank my staff in advance, especially Christina McRoberts, R.N., for all their hard work in making this happen. You can’t imagine the stacks of papers and requirements necessary for our upcoming review. However, when it comes to our patients, assuring the utmost for their safety is most important.

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