Colorado State University Health Service Obtains Three-Year Reaccreditation For Meeting National Standards

Colorado State University’s Hartshorn Health Service, the student health clinic, has been reaccredited for three years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Hartshorn met nationally recognized standards for quality health care and health care business practices set by the AAAHC.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by accreditation association’s expert surveyors. Surveyors include volunteer physicians, nurses and administrators who are involved in ambulatory health care. The AAAHC also provides consultations and educational information to help health care centers improve services.

"This accreditation means that we care enough about our patients to strive for the highest care possible," said Stephen Blom, executive director of Hartshorn Health Service and University Counseling Center. "Going through the process challenges us to find better ways to serve our patients. It is a constant reminder that our first responsibility is to our patients and the quality of care we provide to them."

Hartshorn provides multiple health services including a medical clinic, women’s clinic, mental health clinic, dental clinic, physical therapy and sports medicine, health promotions and nutrition counseling. The clinic also includes a pharmacy and laboratory and provides X-ray services.

Student use of health services at the center are paid for by semester fees assessed to full-time students. Part-time students, students enrolled in continuing education courses, student spouses and others qualify for service if they pay on a semester basis. Services paid for by the student health fee are visits to a center physician, mental health counseling, visits to the triage center and health education. Other services, including physical therapy, dental clinic, optometry and immunization, are available at reduced costs.