U of R's University Heath Services Receives Accreditation with Commendation from Joint Commission

June 18, 1999

The University of Rochester's University Health Service (UHS) has received Accreditation with Commendation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) on its first JCAHO survey. This is the highest level of accreditation awarded by the JCAHO, the nation's oldest and largest accrediting body for healthcare.

"Receiving Accreditation with Commendation is a significant achievement, one that recognizes exemplary performance by UHS," says Dennis S. O'Leary, M.D., president, JCAHO. "The organization should be commended for its commitment to providing quality care to the people in its community."

UHS provides primary care, occupational health and health education services to University of Rochester students, faculty, employees and their families, alumni and volunteers. Dr. Ralph Manchester, associate professor of Medicine, has served as the director of UHS since 1994.

"It's rare for an organization to receive commendation along with accreditation on its first survey. This is quite an achievement," says Nancee Bender, R.N., a Ph.D. candidate at the UR School of Nursing and a former head of the JCAHO ambulatory care accreditation services. Bender aided UHS in preparation for the April survey. "Everyone at UHS goes the extra mile on a daily basis to provide the best possible health care to its patients. Receiving Accreditation with Commendation is just the icing on the cake."

Formed in 1951, the JCAHO is dedicated to improving the quality of the nation's health care through voluntary accreditation.

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