IHCRC Achieves AAAHC Accreditation & AAAHC Medical Home Certification

IHCRC Achieves AAAHC Accreditation & AAAHC Medical Home Certification

Tulsa, OK – December 13, 2013 – Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa Inc. (IHCRC) has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and Medical Home Certification from AAAHC. Accreditation and certification distinguishes this ambulatory 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. This is the fifth time IHCRC has applied and achieved a three-year accreditation.

Status as an accredited organization means IHCRC 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; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

Achieving Medical Home On-Site Certification demonstrates an organization’s dedication to patient-centered medical care, and that the program has a dedicated focus on patient rights, the patient and care team relationship, accessibility, comprehensiveness and quality of care.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Carmelita Skeeter, CEO of IHCRC. “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 patients to strive for the highest 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 an organization improve its care and services.

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

Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Inc. (IHCRC) is a 501(c)(3) IRS designated nonprofit organization, which provides comprehensive outpatient health care to American Indians living in the Tulsa metropolitan area from our clinic located at 550 S. Peoria in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. IHCRC’s 125 person staff provides medical, dental, optometry, behavioral health, chemical dependency, health education, and pharmacy services directly to the Tulsa Indian community. IHCRC provides services to members of any federally recognized tribe. Children under the age of 18 who do not have tribal membership are also eligible to receive services at IHCRC if their legal guardian is a member of a federally recognized tribe. IHCRC is an Indian-controlled organization that serves members of all federally recognized tribes.

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.

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December 17, 2013

Contact Person: Emily Bolusky

Public Relations Manager (918) 382-1206 ebolusky@ihcrc.org