UNM Student Health & Counseling, SHAC as it is known, has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. Accreditation distinguishes this student health care center from other similar centers as only 30 percent of college health care services are accredited.

Status as an accredited organization means UNM SHAC has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation and not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

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. 

“When you see SHAC’s certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures,” noted the SHAC announcement. “It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to provide the highest level of care possible.”