The University of Toledo Main Campus Medical Center recently received its three-year reaccreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Status as an accredited organization means that the Main Campus Medical Center Student and Employee Clinics, as well as the pharmacy, have met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by the association.
Among items included in the review process are the facility’s quality of care, risk management program, infection control and prevention program, staff efficiencies and competency completion, and its internal policies and procedures.
The reaccreditation process is voluntary; the Main Campus Medical Center asked the association to conduct the evaluation.
“Certification renewal places a stamp of approval on all that we do and validates the continued high level of quality patient care and services we provide,” said Bonnie Heatwole, clinic manager.
The three-year accreditation is the highest degree of accreditation a university can obtain; a total of 224 universities across the country have received it.
This is the third time the Main Campus Medical Center has been accredited; the first was in 2004. Each time the center received the three-year reaccreditation certificate.
“This is a testament to the continued quality care that we provide,” said Carol Schlivert, administrative secretary, who has been with the center for each of the three reaccreditations.
Dr. Sanford Kimmel, medical director, said, “We believe our patients deserve the best. Achieving accreditation means that we as an organization continually strive for the highest quality of care possible.”
He added this reaccreditation is a huge accomplishment and reflects on the center’s excellent teamwork.
“Going through the process challenges us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to our patients and the quality of care we provide,” Kimmel said.