Valley Endoscopy Receives National Accreditation and Recognition
Valley Endoscopy Center has been accreditated by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes Valley Endoscopy from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. Valley Endoscopy is the only facility of its kind in the Ohio Valley that is AAHC accredited and is one of only two facilites certified by the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).
Status as an accredited organization means Valley Endoscopy has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. Fewer than 10 ambulatory health care organizations across West Virginia are accredited by AAAHC and Valley Endoscopy is the only center to be certified in the Ohio Valley.
“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Dr. Ratnakar. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”
Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services
“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” said Ann Arno, RN, Nurse Manager at Valley Endoscopy.
The Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation in the United States. AAAHC accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. 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.