Gold Seal of Approval

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Contact: Mark A. Barnard, MD 319-272-8488

Avalon Plastic Surgery Center
AWARDED ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION

Waterloo, Iowa , May 13, 2008– By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety, Avalon Plastic Surgery Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.

“We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patients' safety and quality care,” says Mark Barnard, MD. “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence.”

"Avalon Plastic Surgery Center underwent a thorough, on-site evaluation against more than 150 standards that promote quality care and patient safety,” says Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “Their decision to pursue this voluntary process demonstrates their commitment to providing high-quality care in a safe office environment.”  

The Joint Commission conducted an unannounced, on-site evaluation of Avalon Plastic Surgery Center on May 13, 2008. The accreditation award recognizes Avalon’s dedication to complying with the Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards on a continuous basis.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

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