March 25, 2016
The University of Georgia’s Health Center was awarded the highest recognition for health care organizations, accreditation for all services by the Joint Commission. The recognition is the 2nd consecutive time the University Health Center received a flawless report of findings.
The three day unannounced survey on March 21-23 was conducted by the Joint Commission, the most prestigious health care accrediting body in the world. The review found the health center in full compliance. In addition to achieving Ambulatory Health Care reaccreditation, the health center received Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) accreditation.
Accreditation as a primary care medical home affirms the Health Center’s compliance with additional standards regarding care coordination, patient centeredness, access, and continuity. From a patient perspective, PCMH accreditation signifies the health center is recognized by the Joint Commission as an advanced practice with comprehensive services and committed to partnering with patients to achieve the highest quality of care and services.
The University Health Center (UHC) voluntarily goes through the rigorous accreditation process to insure that University of Georgia students receive the highest quality health care. The Joint Commission surveyors conduct an unannounced visit every 18 - 39 months, and the health center must complete a self-review annually. Only 17 out of nearly 1800 college health centers nationwide choose to go through the challenging Joint Commission accrediting process. UHC is the only college health center accredited by the Joint Commission in the state of Georgia and has been fully accredited since 1989.
“Meeting the Joint Commission’s rigorous standards takes an organization-wide approach to performance improvement, service excellence, and safety,” said Dr. Jean Chin, Executive Director of UHC. “Two consecutive surveys without a single requirement for improvement is extraordinary and a testament to the staff’s commitment to safety and excellence.”
UHC is a unit of UGA Student Affairs and is staffed by over 240 employees, including 22 physicians with board certification or board eligibility in internal medicine, family medicine, sports medicine, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and gynecology. UHC features four primary care clinics and a variety of specialty care clinics including women’s health, sports medicine, allergy/travel medicine, dermatology, vision care, dental care, and physical therapy. Supporting services include pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology departments. Extensive Counseling and Psychiatric Services and Health Promotion departments complete the comprehensive health center, considered in the top tier in the country.
The University Health Center is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s most prestigious accrediting board. The Joint Commission is a regulatory agency that sets standards on how health centers should operate, and inspects the facility regularly to ensure requirements are being met. Patient care and safety issues are very important to the University Health Center and are reviewed by the Joint Commission. If you have any concerns about safety or quality of care issues you are encouraged to contact the University Health Center administration at 706-542-8715. If the issues are not resolved you can contact the Joint Commission by phone at 1-800-994-6610 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404)679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia. Direct all other queries about programs, services, or admissions directly to the University of Georgia, 706-542-3000.
There is a three-fold purpose for publishing the address and contact number of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This is done to enable interested constituents:
(1) To learn about the accreditation status of the University of Georgia;
(2) To file a third-party comment at the time of the University of Georgia’s decennial review; or
(3) To file a third party complaint against the University of Georgia for alleged non-compliance with a standard of requirement of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
As indicated above, normal inquiries about the University of Georgia (such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc.) should be directed to the University of Georgia, not to the Commission’s office.