UM Curry Health Center Renews Accreditation

March 10, 2015

MISSOULA – Curry Health Center at the University of Montana has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

The student health center was re-accredited for three years – the maximum term allowed by AAAHC.

“We believe our students deserve the best,” said Rick Curtis, executive director of Curry Health Center. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our students to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Accreditation distinguishes the health center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means Curry Health Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation, and not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

“Accreditation for our health center is voluntary, and I think that shows our commitment to providing quality health care and support services to our UM students,” Curtis said. 

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, dentists, counselors and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

For more information visit http://www.aaahc.org/

Contact: Rick Curtis, executive director, UM Curry Health Center, 406-243-2820, rcurtis@mso.umt.edu.