UTPA Student Health Services achieves national accreditation
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 01/08/2001
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Having met nationally recognized standards for quality health care, The University of Texas-Pan American Student Health Services recently was awarded a certificate of accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.

"We are pleased and proud to have achieved accreditation," said Rick Gray, Student Health Services director. "We think accreditation is very important and has helped us to improve the quality of care we provide. We feel that our students are the ultimate benefactors from our participation in the accreditation program."

"I am also thankful and proud of the staff in the facility," Gray added. "Their dedication to quality and hard work was the key to this favorable accreditation decision."

The accreditation process involved UTPA Student Health Services undergoing an extensive on-site survey of its facilities and services. The survey team - composed of physicians and health care administrators - evaluated all aspects of patient care, with survey findings resulting in a favorable decision.

"The dedication and effort necessary to achieve accreditation is substantial," wrote AAAHC President Dr. William Beeson in a letter to the University. "UTPA Student Health Services is to be commended for this accomplishment."

UTPA Student Health Services is one of only five accredited Student Health Centers in Texas, joining The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and Southern Methodist University.

The Chicago-based nonprofit AAAHC conducts its accreditation program on a national basis. It has accredited more than 800 ambulatory health care organizations, including single and multi-specialty group practices, ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, college and university health services, health maintenance organizations and other managed care systems, dental group practices, community health centers, and occupational health centers.