CWUNewsNews Medical Clinic Receives National Accreditation, Again, 12 Feb 2018 12:52:51<p><img alt="AAAHC logo" src="/medical-counseling/sites/" style="width: 338px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />Last year alone, CWU&#39;s Student Medical and Counseling Clinic documented 18,635 appointments. Of that total, 9,693 were for medical services, most typically for upper respiratory infections--such as chest colds, sinus problems, or sore throats--and mental health concerns.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>But, regardless of malady, students utilizing the clinic&#39;s services can know that their health care is in excellent hands. That&#39;s because, for the sixth consecutive time, Central&#39;s Student Medical Center has been accredited by the <a href="">Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). </a>CWU is one of only two university healthcare facilities in the state, and the only one at a regional institution, to currently hold this accreditation.</p> <p>&quot;This &#39;stamp of approval&#39; by an outside agency that knows health care well, and how health care facilities should be run, means we were found to be providing great service,&quot; said an obviously pleased Rhonda McKinney, Student Medical and Counseling Clinic executive director, about the accreditation. &quot;Because of that, our students can continue to be confident that they are well cared for here.&quot;</p> <p>The organization accredits more than 1,000 health care organizations, including university student health centers, worldwide, as well as health plans, such as health maintenance and preferred provider organizations.&nbsp; CWU&#39;s new, three-year accreditation-the maximum allowed-came following an extensive, on-site review of the clinic&#39;s facilities and services in January.</p> <p>&quot;They go through it all with a fine-tooth comb: the physical structure-the inside and outside of the facility-our policies and procedures, our clinical records-everything,&quot; McKinney explained, while giving full credit to the medical facility&#39;s staff for the accreditation. &quot;They stepped up to the challenge of making sure everything was pulled together in writing, in a single place, in an organized and coherent fashion. It had to allow someone from the outside to come in and go through it in two days, and get a really good sense of who we are, what we do, and how we do it.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>It was determined that CWU&#39;s medical services and performance fulfilled the series of rigorous, nationally recognized standards including in the areas of clinical records, environmental safety, governance and administration, patient&#39;s rights, quality of care, quality management and improvement.</p> <p>&quot;The site visitor commended us on the positive nature and responsiveness of our team, our teamwork, and how it came together,&quot; McKinney pointed out. &quot;She actually said that, if she went back to work full time, she would want to do it here. I thought that was a good compliment.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>Open weekdays, CWU&#39;s Student Medical Clinic has 10 staff to handle medical appointments and drop-in visits, including three Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, who are licensed to diagnose illnesses and prescribe medication and treatment.&nbsp; The AAAHC accreditation pertains only to the clinic&#39;s medical services. But, because of the combined nature of the CWU facility, the reviewer went through some of the counseling clinic&#39;s clinical records, and posed questions about behavioral health at CWU and how medical and counseling collaborate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="AAAHC full logo" src="/medical-counseling/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 221px; margin: 5px;" /></p> <p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p> <p>Monday, February 12, 2018</p>