Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Ambulatory Surgery Center and OIC Laboratory Receive National Accreditations
The Ambulatory Surgery Center at Orthopaedic Institute for Children has achieved renewed accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Additionally, the OIC Laboratory has been accredited by The Joint Commission in recognition of it meeting and exceeding rigorous performance standards.
Opened in 2016, the Ambulatory Surgery Center on OIC’s downtown Los Angeles campus is the first center in Los Angeles designed and built exclusively to provide orthopaedic outpatient surgical care to children. The 13,000-square-foot center houses two expansive operating rooms and six pre- and post-surgical suites all in a brightly lit, child-friendly environment. It is staffed by physicians and other professionals specially trained to address the distinct needs of children. The center has been shown to reduce orthopaedic surgery wait times while greatly enhancing quality outcomes and enriching the patient experience for children and their parents.
Accreditation distinguishes this center from many other outpatient facilities as providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. It also means that OIC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality healthcare set by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory healthcare organizations seek accreditation; and those that do undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory healthcare.
“Children deserve the best possible care we can provide, and doing so was the very impetus for creating this state-of-the-art center four years ago,” said OIC Medical Director Mauricio Silva, M.D. “This high accreditation means that an independent body has closely examined our facility and procedures and considers us among the best as we strive for the highest level of care possible. It is also a constant reminder that our responsibility and mission is to continuously enhance the clinical and service quality of care we provide.”
Similarly, accreditation of the OIC Laboratory by The Joint Commission is a mark of excellence as bestowed by an organization that for more than 40 years has helped healthcare laboratories attain nationally recognized standards of quality and performance. The laboratory is housed within OIC’s new Medical Pavilion, which also incudes The Ahmanson Foundation Fracture Center, a new orthopaedic rehabilitation center, a new Harbison Family Radiology Center, The Luck Family Conference Center and the new Ozzie’s Café.
“The credibility and confidence in a medical laboratory are critical to the health and safety of our patients and their families as our physicians often rely on the test results and services we provide in determining care for their patients,” said Jamie Wells, OIC’s chief nursing officer. “We are honored that The Joint Commission has recognized us for our high standards as well as for the dedication and excellence of our team that provides skill and passion to everything they do.”