Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Ambulatory Surgery Center Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#accreditation–The new Ambulatory Surgery Center at Orthopaedic Institute for Children
(OIC), the first center in Los Angeles designed and built exclusively to
provide orthopaedic outpatient surgical care to children, has achieved
accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health
Care (AAAHC).

Accreditation distinguishes this center from many other outpatient
facilities as providing the highest quality of care to its patients as
determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. It also
means that OIC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision
of quality health care set by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care
organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous
on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

OIC’s Ambulatory Surgery Center, recently dedicated by Los Angeles Mayor
Eric Garcetti and other notable dignitaries, performed its first surgery
this week. The center is designed to reduce orthopaedic surgery wait
times while greatly enhancing quality outcomes and enriching the patient
experience for children and their parents. The 13,000-square-foot center
houses two expansive operating rooms and six pre- and post-surgical
suites all in a brightly lit, child-friendly environment. It is staffed
by physicians and other professionals specially trained to address the
distinct needs of children.

“Children deserve the best possible care we can provide, and doing so
was the very impetus for building this state-of-the art center,” said
OIC CEO Anthony Scaduto, M.D. “This high accreditation means that an
independent body has closely examined our facility and procedures and
considers us among the best as we strive for the highest level of care
possible.”

Health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an
extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by physicians, nurses and
administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The
survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to
help an organization improve its care and services.

“Going through the process challenged us to find even better ways to
serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our
responsibility and mission is to continuously enhance the clinical and
service quality of care that we provide,” said Dr. Scaduto.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los
Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal
conditions in children, Orthopaedic Institute for Children receives
60,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with
the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics
worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and
research. Our locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood
and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders
and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

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.
AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health
care through the development of nationally recognized standards and
through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is
recognized as a symbol of quality by third party payers, medical
organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal
agencies, and the public.

Contacts

Orthopaedic Institute
Camille Strickland, 213-742-1501
CStrickland@mednet.ucla.edu