CLEMSON – Clemson University Student Health Services earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Student Health Services underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in November. During the survey, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, infection prevention and control, management of medications and patient education.

“We commend Redfern Health Center at Clemson University for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization, and achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality,” said Michael Kulczycki, executive director of the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program.

“Student Health Services is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said George Clay, executive director of Clemson Student Health Services. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

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