Surgery Center of Long Beach (SCLB), an AMSURG-affiliated ambulatory surgery center (ASC) in Long Beach, California, has received the first ever Center of Excellence Award in Orthopaedic Certification by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for its high-quality orthopaedic services.

“The Orthopaedic Certification validates Surgery Center of Long Beach’s expertise in advanced orthopaedic procedures and commitment to providing quality care,” said Troy Sparks, BSN, RN, CNOR, regional vice president and total joint program coordinator for AMSURG. “As an industry leader in outpatient services, AMSURG holds all of our partnering centers to extremely high standards, and SCLB consistently demonstrates our patient-centered approach and adherence to strict quality measures. We are proud to support the center and congratulate the team on this major accomplishment.”

AAAHC develops standards that advance patient safety and quality care and accredits a wide range of outpatient settings. The certification program expands upon the AAAHC ASC Accreditation and was designed in response to a growing number of total joint replacements being performed in ASCs. To achieve certification and become a Center of Excellence, ASCs must be accredited and meet a number of criteria, including the credentialing of providers, rigorous patient screenings and the practice of evidence-based medicine.

The new program has two levels of certification – specialty and advanced specialty. Surgery Center of Long Beach achieved the advanced specialty certification, which establishes the center’s ability to perform complex procedures safely and effectively as well as care for patients that are more complex.