Accreditation and Licensure
Our facility is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). This is a national, not-for-profit, organization dedicated to raising the level of safety and quality of care in all health care settings. JCAHO has been the Gold Standard in evaluating hospitals for more than 50 years. Accreditation means that this office has volunteered to undergo the same challenging, comprehensive evaluation as the hospitals in our community. A very small percentage of offices across the country have actually gone through this type of evaluation. By obtaining this accreditation, we hope to show our extraordinary commitment to provide safe, high quality, state-of-the-art care and a willingness to be measured against the highest standards of performance.
Maintenance of Accreditation
The maintenance of surgical facility accreditation is an ongoing process. Both JCAHO and AAAASF run on a three-year re-accreditation cycle. For accreditation to be renewed at the end of each three-year period, an on-site survey must once again be conducted and the facility must be able to demonstrate that it continued to provide.
At the heart of the accreditation process is the goal of creating and maintaining a culture of patient safety that is sustained at the highest level between accreditation surveys. Both accrediting organizations require ongoing evaluation of the environment of care. Compliance with accreditation standards must be continuously monitored. Credentials of all staff members and anesthesia providers must be verified and maintained. Regular updates and self-surveys are required during each three-year cycle.