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Nov. 21, 2006

UI Student Health Service Receives Accreditation

The University of Iowa Student Health Service has earned the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's Gold Seal of Approval for demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards of health care quality and safety.

"We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to our students' safety and quality care," said Mary Khowassah, M.D., director of the UI Student Health Service. "We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence."

"Joint Commission accreditation sets the University of Iowa Student Health Service apart," said Michael Kulczycki, executive director of the Joint Commission's Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program. "Organizations awarded this Gold Seal of Approval dedicate themselves to continuous operational improvement."

The award of accreditation is for a three-year period ending in 2009.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 7,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 7,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, and laboratory and ambulatory care services.

The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs and primary stroke centers. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

More information on the Joint Commission is available online at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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