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College's Health Services Office is One of a Kind in Nationwide Accreditation

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College’s College Health Service, which serves the outpatient health care needs of students, faculty and staff at the second largest institution of higher education in the region, has again achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

The school is the only two-year college in the country to achieve the accreditation.

Locally, health service offices at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University at Albany also hold accreditation by AAAHC.

Status as an accredited organization means Hudson Valley has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. The college first achieved this accreditation in 2004 and has twice been reaccredited by the organization.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” said Claudine Potvin-Giordano, coordinator of college health services at Hudson Valley. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you know that an independent, not-for-profit organization has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Ambulatory health care organizations that seek accreditation by AAAHC undergo extensive self-assessment and an on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices.