(May 26, 2010) — Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area (RSC), whose doctors include some the nation’s most distinguished infertility pioneers, received its renewed accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), according to Dr. Louis Weckstein, IVF and medical director of RSC. RSC was first accredited by AAAHC in 1997.
This elevated status means RSC continued to pass a series of rigorous and nationally recognized standards for quality health care as established by the prestigious AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization. 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. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.
“This underscores our long-standing commitment to providing the highest quality care to our California patients as well as those who travel from abroad for our services,” said Weckstein. “We are pleased and proud to have our efforts recognized by this renewal of our accreditation.” RSC’s mission and practice supports integrity in all ways, especially when it comes to quality control and the handling of patients’ precious gametes and embryos, he added.
Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive on-site, peer-based survey of its facilities and services. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation and not all achieve accreditation. Ambulatory health care organizations that are eligible for AAAHC accreditation include ambulatory and office-based surgery centers, single and multi-specialty group practices, college health centers, dental group practices, community health centers, occupational health centers and managed care organizations.