The Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center (AIASC) has earned the Advanced Orthopaedic Certification from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The exclusive designation makes AIASC one of only 16 stand-alone surgery centers in the United States to earn the certification.
“We’re so proud of this achievement,” said Tammy Jarvis, interim administrator at AIASC. “It represents a great deal of hard work and dedication to ensuring we provide the best possible patient experience. That remains our most important goal, and this confirms we’re hitting our mark.”
To achieve Advanced Orthopaedic Certification status, AIASC underwent a rigorous on-site survey conducted in July 2021. Evaluation topics covered the entire continuum of care for total joint replacement patients, beginning with the pre-admission consultation to surgery, discharge, follow-up and rehabilitation. The on-site surveyor followed a patient from check-in to discharge and was with the patient during their post-operative care.
AIASC also had to show quality data/studies that indicated a 0% infection rate, a consistent 96% patient satisfaction rating and readmission rates far below the national average. Patient charts were reviewed for evidence of compliance with AIASC’s policy and procedures, including whether thorough teaching, discharge and post-operation information were provided.
AIASC was founded in 2007 by Baptist Health Care and renowned orthopaedic surgeon James Andrews, M.D. Seven physicians currently perform total joint replacements at AIASC. Robot-assisted total joint surgical procedures are among the surgery center’s innovative techniques. To schedule an appointment at the Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center, visit andrewsinstitutesc.com or call 850.916.8526.