Via Christi Clinic has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.


Via Christi Clinic has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Accreditation distinguishes this health-care organization from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to its patients, a news release stated.
Status as an accredited organization means Via Christi Clinic has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. Almost 5,000 ambulatory health-care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health-care organizations seek accreditation, and not all undergoing the onsite survey are granted accreditation.
“We strive to provide great care and service for our patients,” Robert Kenagy, MD, MMM, senior vice president of physician services for Via Christi Health, said in a news release. “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. The certificate serves to recognize the hard work and focus of our whole organization around care and service for patients.”
Ambulatory health-care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and onsite survey by AAAHC surveyors — volunteer 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 our patients and the quality of care we provide,” Kenagy said.
AAAHC accreditation is specifically for organizations that provide diagnostic or medical care on an outpatient basis — where an overnight stay would not be required.