The Surgery Center of Genesee County Receives AAAHC Accreditation

Flint, Michigan - November 10, 2011

Flint, Michigan - January 6, 2015 - The Surgery Center of Genesee County has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means The Surgery Center of Genesee County has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all undergoing the on-site survey are granted accreditation.

"We believe our patients deserve the best," stated Kim Baliko, Director of Nursing of The Surgery Center of Genesee County. "When you see our certificate of accreditation in the lobby, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest care possible."

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert 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," said Baliko.

AAAHC accreditation is specifically for organizations that provide diagnostic or medical care on an outpatient basis � where and overnight stay would not be required. Among the types of ambulatory health care organizations that can seek AAAHC accreditation are ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, single and multi-specialty group practices, college health centers, dental group practices, community health centers, occupational health centers, and managed care organizations.

The Surgery Center of Genesee County was opened by ten area surgeons in July 1998 and has grown to include 90 physicians performing surgery in 4 operating rooms and 4 procedure rooms. Over 88,000 procedures have been performed at the center with the assistance of forty-seven employed health care workers. The Surgery Center of Genesee County is a multi-specialty surgery center with specialties that include: General (e.g. laparoscopic, appendectomy, gall bladder and hernia repair), Orthopedics (e.g. arthroscopic surgery of knees, shoulders and other joints, carpal tunnel, trigger finger), Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Plastic (reconstructive and cosmetic), Urology, Gynecology, Pediatric Dentistry, Podiatry, Pain Management, Oral Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Ophthalmology. The Surgery Center of Genesee County is located at the intersection of Bristol and Miller Roads in Flint Township (810-732-7700 - www.surgerycenter-flint.com).

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with almost 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of ambulatory health care organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, college student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.

5202 Miller Road
Flint MI 48507