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April 27, 2012 - USA Student Health Center Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

Pictured above is the staff of the USA Student Health Center and USA Urgent Care. Front row, from left: FeAunte Preyear; Beverly Kellen; and Patsy Kennedy, accreditation consultant. Middle row, from left: Chandler Grimsley, student assistant; Dr. Suzana Sogorovic; Valerie Heidel; LaShon Turner; Erica Abrams; Judy Freeman; Kathy Byladek, CON volunteer; and Jess Guy. Back row, from left: Tina Westry, Teresa Dudley, Brenda Wilson, Dr. Heather Cannon, Carra Butler and Rhonda Baxter

The University of South Alabama Student Health Center was recently granted a 3-year accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), joining an elite group of distinguished student health centers across the country.

The USA Student Health Center is the only AAAHC-accredited center in Southern Alabama and one of only two in our state. With this accreditation, USA joins a select group of 188 schools accredited by AAAHC in the United States.

Beverly Kellen, practice director for student health and family medicine at USA, said that achieving accreditation is an important milestone in the growth and success of the USA Student Health Center.

“Pursuing accreditation shows our commitment to providing the highest level of care to our patients,” she said. “We are proud to have received the full three-year accreditation status. AAAHC accreditation demonstrates to students and their parents that our Student Health Center meets the highest standards of excellence.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – 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.

“The fact that our Student Health Center at the University of South Alabama has achieved this significant honor is due to the fact that the staff sought this goal as a team effort and without the commitment of everyone on the staff at our Student Health Center, we could never have been successful. I am extremely proud of each and every one of them and their hard work.”

The USA Student Health Center staff serves more than 13,000 students campus-wide, with more than 12,000 patient encounters per year. In addition, the center has sports medicine services available for students and collaborates closely with the athletics department and all university athletes.

The USA Student Health Center is located on USA’s main campus at Research Park Building III, Suite 1200. For more information, call (251) 460-7151 or visit

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