More Facilities Earn AAAASF Accreditation for Patient Safety

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Each facility completed a thorough review process

About 30 facilities have demonstrated their commitment to patient safety by gaining accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) in October. AAAASF is celebrating its 35th year of promoting the highest quality patient safety in the ambulatory surgery setting (office-based or outpatient), as well as rehabilitation and outpatient therapy agencies and rural health clinics.

AAAASF requires 100 percent compliance with all accreditation standards and does not offer partial accreditation. If a facility fails to meet any standard, it must correct the deficiency or risk denial or loss of accreditation.

To earn accreditation, these facilities passed inspection on hundreds of important criteria concerning patient safety:

  •     Agape Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation LP in Forest Hill, Maryland
  •     East Texas Medical Center Carthage in Carthage, Texas (also doing business as ETMC First Physicians Clinic Center III)
  •     Asuch Surgery Center in Marietta, Georgia
  •     Baptist Health in Pangburn, Arkansas
  •     Belleza Cosmetic Surgery in Winter Park, Florida
  •     Puget Sound Surgical Center, Shoreline in Shoreline, Washington
  •     MedStar Medical Group, Southern Maryland LLC in Hollywood, Maryland (also doing business as Tri-County Endoscopy Center, Hollywood)
  •     Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa, Kansas (also doing business as Internal Medicine Associates of Ottawa)
  •     Parker Rehabilitation Services Inc. in Highland Park, New Jersey
  •     Stonegate Plastic Surgery Center in Round Rock, Texas
  •     Akesis Services LLC in Austin, Texas
  •     Congressional Women's Surgery Center, LLC in Rockville, Maryland
  •     Palo Alto Surgery Center in Palo Alto, California
  •     Manhattan Medical Practice in Staten Island, New York
  •     Resolution Surgical, LLC in Santa Monica, California
  •     Service First of Northern California Aquatic Therapy and Wellness in Stockton, California
  •     Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana (also doing business as Primary Care Clinic)
  •     Durand Clinic North, Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand, Wisconsin
  •     Regen Medical, P.C. in New York, New York
  •     Pine Mountain Nursing Health Center, Inc. in Frazier Park, California
  •     New York Heart and Vascular Specialists P.C. in Brooklyn, New York
  •     Larry Tetsoti, M.D., LLC in Brooklyn, New York
  •     Thibodeau Physical Therapy Limited Partnership in Lapeer, Michigan
  •     Deckerville Community Hospital, Inc. in Deckerville, Michigan (also doing business as Deckerville Main Street Clinic)
  •     Advance Rehabilitation & Consulting Limited Partnership in Saint Marys, Georgia
  •     Digestive Medicine Associates, Pembroke Pines in Pembroke Pines, Florida
  •     Mountcastle Plastic Surgery & Vein Institute in Ashburn, Virginia
  •     Genesis Eldercare Rehabilitation Services, Inc. in Rochester, Michigan
  •     The Cataract Surgery Center of Milford, Inc. in Milford, Massachusetts

AAAASF facility inspectors are board certified medical specialists trained to perform a thorough and complete facility inspection. AAAASF facility inspectors follow a regimented procedure to inspect an outpatient surgery facility in the following categories:

  •     General Environment
  •     Operating Room Environment, Policy and Procedures
  •     Recovery Room Environment, Policy and Procedures
  •     General Safety in the Facility
  •     Blood and Medications
  •     Medical Records
  •     Quality Assessment and Quality Improvement
  •     Personnel
  •     Anesthesia

About the AAAASF
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) was established in 1980 to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in outpatient facilities and assure the public that patient safety is top priority in an accredited facility. More than 2,300 outpatient facilities are accredited by AAAASF, one of the largest not-for-profit accrediting organizations in the United States. Surgeons, legislators, state and national health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF sets the "gold standard" for quality patient care.

AAAASF programs include surgical, procedural, oral maxillofacial, international surgical and dental. AAAASF is also deemed by Medicare to accredit ambulatory surgery centers, rehabilitation and outpatient therapy agencies and rural health clinics. For more information, visit or Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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