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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 its 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 nations 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 JCAHOs 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.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.