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Student Health Services earns accreditation
Student Health Services has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, meaning that it meets nationally recognized standards for quality outpatient health care.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [5-12-11]
Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Student Health Services has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, meaning that it meets nationally recognized standards for quality outpatient health care.
It is the third three-year full accreditation award for the department, which has 24 staff members, including medical doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, lab technicians, a pharmacist, pharmacy technicians, medical records/insurance staff and health educators.
“Our students deserve the best,” said Wendy Schuh, Student Health Services director. “Our accreditation means that we strive for the highest level of care possible for our students.”
Accreditation requires an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by volunteer physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care.
“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve students,” Schuh said. “It is a reminder that our responsibility is to our patients and the quality of care we provide.”
Some 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by the association, though not all that apply are granted accreditation. In addition to college health centers, the organization accredits ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, single and multi-specialty group practices, dental group practices, community health centers, occupational health centers and managed care organizations.
More information about Student Health Services is at www.mnsu.edu/shs.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.