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Frostburg State University's Brady Health Center Gains Accreditation
12/05/2000

Brady Health Center, Frostburg State University's student health care center, has been re-accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, a private, not-for-profit organization that assists ambulatory health care organizations improve the quality of care they provide.

FSU joins University of Maryland, College Park, as the only two institutions in the University System of Maryland to have accredited health centers.

"It's a measure of professional achievement and quality care," said Pat Stevens, nurse practitioner and director of Brady Health. "Students are the ultimate benefactors from our being accredited and from our participation in the accreditation process."

The accreditation process included a survey in which a physician came to campus for two days, reviewed the center, its records and charts and interviewed its staff members.

Brady Health Center was originally accredited in 1997, receiving a three-year term, the longest granted by the AAAHC. This year, it once again received a three-year accreditation.

Officials will apply again in another three years. Once a center is accredited, it receives additional suggestions for improvements over its term, so the center can hone its quality.

"To maintain accreditation, we have to continually improve the quality of care," Stevens said.

"In the public's eyes, and in students' parents' eyes, it makes up more credible. It shows that we provide quality care," she said.

Brady Health Center health services program emphasizes prevention of health problems and offers limited direct health services combined with referrals to community health agencies, hospitals and specialists.

For more information about Brady Health Center, call (301) 687-4310.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu