For immediate release February 23, 2016
The Portland Clinic Earns Patient Safety “Gold Standard” Label
Portland, Ore. —A national leader in the medical field says The Portland Clinic officially meets “the gold standard” when it comes to patient care. Oregon’s oldest, private, multispecialty medical group has earned accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). Through its rigorous accreditation process, the AAAASF has promoted the highest quality in patient safety in the ambulatory surgery setting for 35 years in both office-based and outpatient settings, as well as rehabilitation and outpatient therapy agencies and rural health clinics. “Patients at The Portland Clinic expect the very best in care, whether they are visiting their general practitioner for a checkup or working with a team of specialists for a complex medical procedure. This type of acknowledgement does not come from just one good visit or appointment, but must be earned over an extended period of time and prove an ongoing level of exceptional care. Every day we pursue the highest level of excellence in the care that we provide, and it is incredibly gratifying to have that hard work acknowledged,” said Dick Clark, CEO, The Portland Clinic. To earn its accreditation, The Portland Clinic passed inspection on hundreds of important criteria concerning patient safety. AAAASF facility inspectors are board-certified medical specialists trained to perform a thorough and complete facility inspection and follow a regimented procedure to inspect an outpatient surgery facility in the following categories:
- General Environment
- Operating Room Environment, Policy and Procedures
- Recovery Room Environment, Policy and Procedures
- General Safety in the Facility
- Blood and Medications
- Medical Records
- Quality Assessment and Quality Improvement
About The Portland Clinic Established in 1921, The Portland Clinic is Oregon’s oldest, private, multispecialty medical group. Today, with sophisticated medical technology, modern spacious facilities and dynamic medical specialists, a personal approach to each patient’s good health remains The Portland Clinic’s primary focus. The Portland Clinic’s seven locations serve the greater Portland metropolitan area and care for over 78,000 families each year throughout the Northwest. For more information visit theportlandclinic.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
About the AAAASF The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) was established in 1980 to standardize and improve the quality of medical and surgical care in outpatient facilities and assure the public that patient safety is top priority in an accredited facility. More than 2,300 outpatient facilities are accredited by AAAASF, one of the largest not-for-profit accrediting organizations in the United States. Surgeons, legislators, state and national health agencies and patients acknowledge that AAAASF sets the “gold standard” for quality patient care. AAAASF programs include surgical, procedural, oral maxillofacial, international surgical and dental. AAAASF is also deemed by Medicare to accredit ambulatory surgery centers, rehabilitation and outpatient therapy agencies and rural health clinics. For more information, visit http://www.aaaasf.org or Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.