The Curry Health Center on the University of Montana campus has renewed their three year accreditation with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Executive Director Rick Curtis said the renewal is voluntary, to ensure the campus community that the center is fully qualified to offer quality health care.

"The Curry Health Center is the on-campus healthcare facility for students at the University of Montana," Curtis said. "Our primary services include medical, dental, counseling and wellness services, along with advocacy services. We also have an in-house pharmacy, as well as overseeing the student insurance program."

Curtis describes how an 'ambulatory healthcare facility' differs from a traditional hospital.

"Keeping it very simple, we're not a hospital, we're a clinic," he said. "Ambulatory means basically that you're mobile enough to come in; you're not coming in via ambulance, you walk in just like any walk-in clinic in town."

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