On August 20th, 2016, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) awarded Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC) with its accreditation. SNAHC also received Patient Centered Health Home (PCHH) Certification in addition to their accreditation. Accreditation distinguishes this community health center from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation. As a member of the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health, SNAHC embodies the high standards of quality care that we strive to promote.
Since 2007, when SNAHC received its Federally Qualified Health Home (FQHC) status, it has treated patients in the Sacramento area, bringing high quality, compassionate, and culturally relevant health care to the Sacramento area. Their medical department consists of four providers specializing in the diagnosis and evaluation of both acute and chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cancer. Their behavioral health department, consisting of counselors, doctors, and therapists, offers integrated behavioral health services that combine substance abuse and mental health treatment with traditional Native American practices.
AAAHC requires ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation to 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.
“We believe our patients deserve the absolute best,” stated Britta Guerrero, CEO “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”
In order to earn accreditation, Sacramento Native American Health Center, as a health care organization, had to demonstrate its ability to meet or exceed nationally-recognized AAAHC standards of health care and sufficiently adhere to its own policies, procedures, processes and their desired patient outcomes.
The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 5,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of organizations including, ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, endoscopy centers, student health centers, military health care clinics, and large medical and dental practices. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers,