CarolinaEast Internal Medicine Endoscopy Center Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

carolinaeast_health_newThe Endoscopy Center at Internal Medicine has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Accreditation distinguishes this Endoscopy 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 CarolinaEast has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek In total, there are more than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Craig Holton, Director of Operations for CarolinaEast Physicians. “The AAAHC accreditation means that an independent, not-for-profit organization has closely examined our facility and procedures and found them to be of the highest quality. It means that we here at CarolinaEast care enough about our patients to strive for the best level of care possible.”

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

“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients. This honor is a constant reminder of our responsibility to continuously strive to improve the quality of care we provide,” said Holton.

About CarolinaEast Physicians

CarolinaEast Physicians is the physician practice branch of CarolinaEast Health System. Physician practice specialties include internal medicine, pediatrics, gastroenterology, ear, nose and throat, heart center and urology center.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.

Submitted by: Megan McGarvey, Director, Public Relations, CarolinaEast Health Systems

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