UGA’s Health Center was awarded accreditation for all services by the Joint Commission. The recognition is the second 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 review found the health center in full compliance. In addition to achieving Ambulatory Health Care reaccreditation, the health center received Primary Care Medical Home 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 voluntarily goes through the rigorous accreditation process to ensure that UGA 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 1,800 college health centers nationwide choose to go through the challenging Joint Commission accrediting process. The only college health center accredited by the Joint Commission in the state of Georgia, the University Health Center has been fully accredited since 1989.