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Foothill Surgery Center Accreditation

AAAHC Accreditation

Foothill Surgery Center at Sansum Clinic (FSC) is a fully accredited facility by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). This is the highest third-party recognition that a surgery center can achieve and is considered to be the gold standard for the industry. To achieve this status, FSC had to complete a comprehensive review of its quality of care as well as undergo a rigorous site visit to ensure the center’s operations and facilities met or exceeded prescribed standards.

The core standards developed and used by the AAAHC during its accreditation process include: Rights of Patients, Governance, Administration, Quality of Care, Quality Management and Improvement, Clinical Records and Health Information, Professional Improvement, and Facilities and Environment. The core standards set the tone for ambulatory surgeries, with a goal of ensuring the rights of patients and to provide the highest possible level of care.

Why seek Accreditation?

For almost four decades, accreditation has been the highest form of public recognition that a health care organization could receive for the quality of care it provides. The concept started with hospitals. But now, thanks to the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, nearly all types of ambulatory health care providers can achieve this distinction.

Accreditation offers many more benefits to an ambulatory health care organization than public recognition alone. Accreditation can actually enhance a center’s strategic management decision-making process. AAAHC helps the Center find new ways to improve care and services, while increasing efficiency and reducing costs. AAAHC is dedicated to educating providers in quality assurance and accreditation standards and procedures. Since its founding, AAAHC has conducted hundreds of surveys and more than 1,600 organizations nationwide are currently accredited.

Sansum Clinic is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality.