ST. LOUIS - A national, private, non-profit organization has accredited SLUCare, the physicians of Saint Louis University, for quality, safety and value for the fifth consecutive time, making the practice the only academic medical group in the region to achieve the distinction.
SLUCare also is one of only three medical practice groups in the nation to receive the benchmark of quality from the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
While the three-year assessment is rigorous and comprehensive, it is entirely voluntary and assures patients of SLUCare's commitment to provide them with the best possible care, said Gary Van House, SLUCare chief executive officer.
"Our status as an accredited organization allows us to convey an extra measure of confidence to our patients," Van House said. "With AAAHC accreditation, we demonstrate our dedication to critically evaluate our own performance and consistently uphold the principals of quality for our patients."
To make the determination, AAAHC visited 10 SLUCare practice sites between Jan. 23 and 25. The group also reviewed documents and records to ensure the practice met rigorous quality measures in 20 categories that included quality of care, research, teaching, patient rights, clinical records and health information, and laboratory and imaging services.
Robert Heaney, M.D., senior associate dean of the School of Medicine, led the SLUCare clinical operations committee in preparing for the AAAHC survey.
SLUCare has been accredited by the AAAHC since 2001.
Based in Chicago, AAAHC was founded in 1979 to assist ambulatory health care organizations improve the quality of care they provide. It is a leader in developing standards that advance and promote patient safety, quality and value.