WWU’s Student Health Center Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

  • Students walk into the Campus Services Building, home of the Student Health Center

Western Washington University’s Student Health Center has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). 

Accreditation distinguishes the WWU Student Health Center from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety. Status as an accredited organization means the WWU Student Health Center has met nationally recognized benchmarks for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC; out of more than 4,000 degree-granting higher-education institutions in the United States, fewer than 240 have met AAAHC accreditation standards. 

“Having earned AAAHC Accreditation is an extraordinary achievement.  This recognition demonstrates our team’s commitment to consistently upholding the principles of quality improvement in patient care,” said WWU Associate Medical Director Dr. David Hansen. “We are proud to have met the challenge of accreditation.”

The WWU Student Health Center underwent an extensive self-assessment process and onsite survey by AAAHC expert surveyors. The survey is peer-based and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

Western Washington University’s Student Health Center is a primary care medical clinic specializing in college health.  The Student Health Center is staffed by a team of board-certified family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and support staff.  They are located on the 2nd floor of the Campus Services Building and provide an extensive array of services including preventive and behavioral health care, management of chronic health concerns, illnesses, and injuries.  They strive to support student success academically, physically, and emotionally.

“I could not be more proud of our amazing medical team that excelled and prevailed under the most unprecedented circumstances. This is an truly an extraordinary accomplishment,” said WWU Executive Director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness Sislena Grocer Ledbetter.

Founded in 1979, AAAHC advocates for the provision of high-quality health care through the development and adoption of nationally recognized standards, and the AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation demonstrates the WWU Student Health Center’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality services to its patients. For more information, visit https://studenthealth.wwu.edu/.

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