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Schiffert Health Center receives accreditation recognition

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 26, 2012 – Schiffert Health Center at Virginia Tech has been reaccredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Schiffert Health Center has received six consecutive accreditations since 1994, and continues to meet the high standards set by the association.

Kanitta Charoensiri, director of Schiffert Health Center, and Colleen Farmer, quality improvement coordinator, worked with staff members at Schiffert to earn accreditation recognition. 

“This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and success of our health care organization,” said Charoensiri. “Accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest levels of quality care to our patients, and the same high level of conduct in our business practices.”

To receive the accreditation, organizations participate in a self-assessment and on-site survey by other physicians and administrators within the ambulatory health care profession. The survey presents best practices and gives organizations the opportunity to improve its services. The accreditation handbook contains 22 chapters of standards. The on-site survey looks at how the organization has met those standards. 

“Schiffert Health Center strives to make improvements, stay current, perform quality improvements, and continually provide quality health care services to the students of Virginia Tech,” said Charoensiri.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care was founded in 1979 to “develop standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health care.” The association is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. Organizations include ambulatory surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices.

The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.

Written by Reid Jason Griffler of Gaithersburg, Md., a senior double majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and psychology in the College of Science.

Schiffert Health Center: By the numbers

  • There were more than 40,000 visits to the Schiffert Health Center in 2011-2012
  • 14,957 individuals used the facilities at Schiffert Health Center, about half of the student population
  • There were between 250 and 300 visits a day
  • 2,000 wound care visits for minor to complex procedures
  • 39,711 prescriptions filled at the Schiffert Health Center Pharmacy
  • 1,959 X-rays performed
  • 393 dietitian visits

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