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University of Iowa News Release

March 18, 2004

UI Student Health Service Receives Accreditation

The University of Iowa Student Health Service recently earned the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with the organization's national standards for health care quality and safety.

Mary Khowassah, M.D., director of the UI Student Health Service, said the accreditation demonstrates commitment to students' safety and quality care.

"We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence," she said.

Accreditation occurs every three years for the Student Health Service, so the next re-accreditation will be in 2006.

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, and the nation's oldest and largest standards setting and accrediting body in health care. It seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

Nearly 17,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States are evaluated by the Joint Commission, including approximately 9,000 hospitals and home care organizations and 8,000 other health care organizations that provide long-term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, and laboratory and ambulatory care services. Health plans, integrated delivery networks and other managed care entities also can seek accreditation.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu. ; Writer: Tiffany Bronk