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Ambulatory Surgery Center Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Ambulatory Surgery Center

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Ambulatory Surgery Center has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety.

Status as an accredited organization means Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Ambulatory Surgery Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,100 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are currently accredited by AAAHC.

The three-year, or 1,095-day, the period between accreditations is a critical time when ambulatory health organizations, with help from proven experts, can develop the kind of everyday habits that enable leaders in the industry to provide the utmost in quality care to their patients. Organizations, such as Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Ambulatory Surgery Center, that earn AAAHC accreditation embody the spirit of 1095 Strong, quality every day, an ongoing commitment to high-quality care and patient safety.

While the onsite survey is an important component of the process, ongoing compliance and continuous improvement are part of the accreditation maintenance mindset that a facility should integrate into its daily activities long after the survey has been completed. The intent of accreditation is for organizations to adopt policies and procedures that fuel ongoing quality improvement and self-evaluation every day.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Ambulatory Surgery Center director, Lori Smith states, “Our standard of care is above and beyond because we strive to achieve and maintain best practices.  Everyone plays a role to improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory care. The survey is peer-based and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.