Thursday, November 21, 2013

Family Health Services of Darke County Inc. Achieves Accreditation

Family Health, Inc. has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this primary care organization from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Family Health, Inc. has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Jean Young, Executive Director of Family Health, Inc. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, 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, dentists, 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 Young.

Family Health has had an enormous impact on people in Darke County. Founded in 1973, to provide health care to the migrant farm worker and then Darke County residents who couldn’t afford a physician Family Health has grown into comprehensive fully integrated health care model. They employ 167 staff and six contracted employees. Our health care providers consist of 16 physicians, eight licensed clinicians, three pharmacists, three dentist, three dental hygienist, and eight behavioral health clinical counselors. We are located in Greenville, Arcanum, and Versailles and our main phone number is (937)548-9680.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. 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.

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