Student Health Center Receives Health Care Accreditation

UT’s Student Health Center is now one of 200 higher education institutions to achieve official approval by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

This accreditation means the Student Health Center—which averages 38,000 visits a year—has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC.

Institutions that have achieved this accreditation have participated in a peer-based assessment, consultation, education, and accreditation program. The Student Health Center was graded on more than 1,100 health care standards and procedures.

The center volunteered for accreditation to ensure that the health care provided to UT students meets national standards for quality and effectiveness.

“The staff at the Student Health Center are extremely pleased and proud to have been awarded the maximum possible three-year AAAHC accreditation,” said Jim Boyle, director of the center. “This achievement is similar to receiving a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval in that it is a symbol to students and the general public that we provide quality health care to our students.”

Vincent Carilli, vice chancellor for student life, added, “The university is delighted to have earned this accreditation. It signifies our vigilance in providing exceptional health care to all that use the center. I am grateful for the leadership that Jim Boyle, our director, and Dr. Spencer Gregg, our medical director, have provided in attaining this standard of excellence.”

The AAAHC is a national health care accrediting agency, founded in 1979, which recognizes and supports ambulatory health care organizations providing the highest achievable level of health care that is both efficient and economically sound.

For more information on the Student Health Center, visit studenthealth.utk.edu.

CONTACT:

Meghan Jagnow (mjagnow@utk.edu, 865-974-2571)