BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sono Bello's Washington and Oregon facilities have achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association). Accreditation distinguishes this surgical center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to patients. Status as an accredited organization means Sono Bello has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care, set by the Accreditation Association. Sono Bello joins the more than 4,500 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States that are accredited by AAAHC.
Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the on-site survey are granted accreditation. "We believe our patients deserve the best care possible," stated Tom Garrison, Chief Medical Officer of Sono Bello. "When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that the AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that we, as an organization, have demonstrated the highest level of care and safety meeting or exceeding all state and federal guidelines. This accreditation validates us as a medical practice with the highest of standards."
Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by the Accreditation Association's 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 first responsibility is to our patients safety and the quality of care we provide," said Garrison.
AAAHC accreditation is specifically for organizations that provide diagnostic or medical care on an outpatient basis – where an 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.
Sono Bello facilities comply with the rigorous standards established by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Currently remaining Sono Bello centers are in process of obtaining accreditation.
Sono Bello has nine locations in seven states with more in the planning stages and currently employs over 22 board certified surgeons who specialize in the latest, most advanced liposuction procedures. With nearly 8,000 surgical cases to date, Sono Bello is a medical practice that exclusively performs body contouring procedures and VelaShape™ treatments. For more information on Sono Bello's body contouring techniques, visit www.sonobello.com or call 1-877-SONOBELLO.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC/Accreditation Association), founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 4,500 organizations accredited nationwide. The Accreditation Association 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.
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