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Release: March 23, 2001

UI Student Health Service achieves accreditation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Student Health Service recently achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for its clinical and laboratory services.

"We are very proud of this accreditation as it represents a considerable accomplishment for the clinic and laboratory, and it’s a real tribute to the efforts of our entire staff," said Mary Khowassah, M.D., director of UI Student Health Service. "The JCAHO has confirmed our view that we are providing high quality health services to our students."

Founded in 1951, JCAHO is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation’s health care through voluntary accreditation. The UI Student Health Service received accreditation after a team of JCAHO surveyors conducted an on-site survey in December of 2000 and found that both the clinic and laboratory had demonstrated compliance with JCAHO’s national standards for ambulatory care organizations and clinical laboratories.

"In becoming accredited, University of Iowa Student Health Service was evaluated against a set of national standards by a joint commission team experienced in the delivery of ambulatory health care and laboratory services," said Linda Kelley Peterson, executive director, Ambulatory Program, JCAHO. "Achieving accreditation demonstrates the commitment of UI Student Health Service staff members to providing high quality health care to their patients."

Health care organizations may apply for re-accreditation every three years. UI Student Health Service is now accredited until December of 2003. The JCAHO evaluates and accredits almost 12,000 hospitals and home care agencies and more than 7,000 other health care organizations.

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