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Columbia Orthopaedic Group Achieves AAAHC Certification

The Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group Achieves AAAHC Certification

The Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group (COG) achieved certification by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). AAAHC certification indicates that COG has met the highest level of nationally recognized standards for providing quality health care.

AAAHC Certification

AAAHC Certification demonstrates:

  • the use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
  • ongoing performance improvement strategies
  • an effective organizational infrastructure aimed at providing safe and effective care

Ambulatory health care institutions undergo an extensive three-year process to earn this certification. AAAHC's expert surveyors (physicians, nurses, and administrators all actively involved in ambulatory care) complete an onsite survey ensuring that COG embodies the quality everyday philosophy and an ongoing commitment to high-quality care and patient safety.

"Earning AAAHC Certification reflects on COG's dedication to high-quality patient care," said Andrew Lovewell, Chief Executive Officer of COG. "I am proud of the hard work our team has contributed so that we could become one of the few elite ambulatory surgery centers in the nation. But we're not going to stop pushing ourselves to find more opportunities to improve the innovative and patient-centric ways we deliver best-in-class care to patients across Missouri and the Midwest."

AAAHC certification requires continuous commitment to maintain this prestigious designation.

"The onsite survey is an important component of the process," said Lovewell. "But ongoing compliance and continuous improvement are part of the certification maintenance mindset. Our remarkable team integrates this mindset into their daily activities long after the survey has been completed. Accolades are merely a reflection of our unwavering focus on delivering industry-leading care to every patient that comes through our doors."

About The Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group
Delivering the finest in orthopaedic care to patients across Missouri and the Midwest since 2008. The Surgical Center at Columbia Orthopaedic Group is a fully equipped surgical center offering operating rooms for same-day surgery. The surgical center is nationally recognized for outstanding orthopaedic care. The physicians at Columbia Orthopaedic Group specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system in mid-Missouri for more than 55 years.

Founded in 1979, AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation, with more than 6,600 organizations accredited. We accredit a wide range of outpatient settings, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery facilities, endoscopy centers, student health centers, medical and dental group practices, community health centers, employer-based health clinics, retail clinics, and Indian/Tribal health centers, among others.

Columbia Orthopaedic Group Achieves AAAHC Certification

About AAAHC Certification
AAAHC advocates for the provision of high-quality health care through the development and adoption of nationally recognized standards. They provide a valuable survey experience founded on a peer-based, educational approach to onsite review. The AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation, along with specialized programs including Advanced Orthopaedic Certification and Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification, demonstrates an organization's commitment to providing safe, high-quality services to its patients – every day of the 1,095-day accreditation term. AAAHC Accreditation and Certification Programs are recognized by third-party payors, medical professional associations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies, and the public. For more information on AAAHC, please visit