Student Health Service garners two national honors

The Student Health Service (SHS) has recently been recognized for excellence by two national organizations.

The service has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), attaining the highest ranking possible for 399 out of 400 quality measures—“a truly remarkable accomplishment,” noted SHS Director Dr. Glenn Egelman in congratulating the health service team on the achievement.

Status as an accredited organization means that BGSU has met a series of rigorous and nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care, Egelman explained. Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive on-site, peer-based survey of their facilities and services. Only about 10 percent of student health services nationwide achieve the distinction.

In addition, Egelman and the health service were recognized by the Society of Internal Medicine for their work in creating clinical best practices.

The Society of Internal Medicine is the nation’s premier organization for primary-care, internal-medicine physicians and is dedicated to “improving patient care, education and research in primary care and general medicine,” according to the society.

The SHS will receive a subscription to UpToDate, a cooperative effort of thousands of expert clinicians that offers the most current information on various clinical topics. Using UpToDate, the SHS will be able to create a series of evidence-based best practices for many common health-care topics seen in the student population. “This will ensure provision of the highest-quality health care and will allow us to better document and evaluate our ability to educate our students,” Egelman said. The health service will also be able to provide students with state-of-the-art handouts explaining their diagnoses.
April 10, 2006