Sayre, Pa. – The Guthrie Clinic Endoscopy Center in Sayre and Guthrie's Ithaca Endoscopy Department have been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for a three-year term – the maximum that can be awarded. This is a first-time accreditation for both departments, awarded based on evidence from a recent rigorous survey which demonstrated their compliance with AAAHC standards.
"This accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our patients and demonstrating a similarly high level of conduct when it comes to our business practices," said Guthrie Endoscopy Center Director of Nursing Patty Creed, BSN, RN, MHA. "The AAAHC standards are not easy to meet. We are proud to have met the challenge, and intend to consistently uphold the principles of quality improvement and excellent patient care."
The AAAHC standards advance and promote patient safety, quality and value for ambulatory health care through peer-based accreditation processes, education and research. The AAAHC accredits more than 4,000 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings.
In addition to participation in the accreditation process, Guthrie is working in other capacities with the AAAHC's Institute for Quality Improvement (IQI). The Endoscopy Center and Ithaca Endoscopy Department are using IQI resources to survey patient satisfaction. And, both will be participating in the IQI's two colonoscopy benchmarking studies designed to evaluate best practices of endoscopy centers in terms of clinical care, and administrative and financial performance.