From a Pregnancy Resource Center of Snohomish County news release.
The non-profit Pregnancy Resource Center of Snohomish County (PRCSC) recently met nationally recognized standards for quality health care through a rigorous on-site survey process; helping the organization improve its free-of-charge services, which include pregnancy testing, limited obstetric ultrasounds, and health consultation.
By meeting these standards, PRCSC achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this pregnancy resource center 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 the PRCSC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by the AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by the AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.
“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated PRCSC Chief Executive Officer Malora Forrey.
She went on to say, “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that the AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means that we care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”
Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by the 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.
“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients and is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” added Forrey.
Founded in 1983, the Pregnancy Resource Center of Snohomish County (PRCSC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit medical center, strives to equip patients to be empowered, informed and in control of their choices.
Pregnancy testing, limited obstetric ultrasounds, and medically accurate information are all provided free of charge and performed by licensed or registered medical staff.
Medical services are overseen by Dr. Gina Cadena-Forney, a Family Medicine physician with Providence Health & Services.
The 14-member staff and 20+ volunteers offer additional services such as evidence-based birth classes, parenting classes, and a mom’s support group.
Class attendance equals points for the PRCSC Baby Boutique, where clients may shop for tangible supplies such as baby clothes, diapers, maternity clothes, etc.
Sexual Risk Avoidance and Building Healthy Relationship presentations, using Centers for Disease Control (CDC) information, are also made available to youth through public and private schools and other youth events.