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The Surgery Center Of Fairbanks Awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal Of Approval



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The Surgery Center of Fairbanks announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. Mark Wade, MD, President, said, “The Center earned the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s nationally recognized standards.” The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe, effective patient care.

"The Surgery Center has a long-term commitment to excellence,” said Dr. Wade. “Our staff continually focus on developing and implementing strategies to help improve care for patients in our community. We’re pleased to again to receive this accreditation and Gold Seal recognition from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation.” The Surgery Center of Fairbanks, which opened in 2010, specializes in outpatient surgery with patients receiving treatment and returning home the same day. It is the first, fully-dedicated, accredited outpatient surgical facility in the Fairbanks area, and serves patients from throughout the state of Alaska.

“The Surgery Center is owned and operated by Alaskans who have a strong, ongoing commitment to the Fairbanks community,” Dr. Wade went on to say. “We utilize the most advanced technology to provide care in an environment which has the needs of patients as our top priority. Staff thoroughly understand the issues that face Alaskans when surgery is needed, and we’re very pleased that 98% of our patients have given us the highest level of ratings on satisfaction surveys.”

The Joint Commission, founded in 1951, is an independent nonprofit organization, and is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. It accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Its standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, MBA, CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission. “We commend The Surgery Center of Fairbanks and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. Thank you for your commitment to patient safety and entrusting The Joint Commission to assist you. Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care.”   

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