Newswise — [Pompton Lakes, NJ] – [April 3, 2012] – New Jersey Spine and Rehabilitation Surgical Center has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means NJSRSC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 5,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

“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.” says Richard Kaul, MD, President of NJSRSC.

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC 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.

NJSRSC was opened in March of 2011 by Board Certified Minimally Invasive Spine Specialist, Dr. Richard Kaul. This ASC focuses on the treatment of spinal pathologies using the latest and most effective Minimally Invasive Outpatient approaches. Since opening over one year ago, NJSRSC has maintained an impressive 0% post-operative infection rate. This is even more impressive when compared with an March 2011 study published in The Spine Journal which found the rate of post-operative surgical infections for spine surgeries to be as high as 4.2%. "Aside from our overwhelmingly positive clinical outcomes, another source of pride for us is the fact that we maintain stringent standards for sterility throughout our facility." says Dr. Kaul. "Too often patients suffer unnecessary complications and undergo additional procedures to rectify damage caused by nosocomial infections."

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, medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public.