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Dental Associates Earns AAAHC Accreditation

July 27, 2012

Dental Associates, which has three clinics in the Milwaukee area and is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice, has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Status as an accredited organization means Dental Associates meets nationally recognized standards for the delivery of quality health care set by AAAHC. The accreditation was conducted during an independent and extensive evaluation process.

“We believe our patients deserve the best care possible,” says Dr. Thomas Manos, D.D.S, M.S., president and owner of Dental Associates. “The certificate of accreditation Dental Associates earned shows that an outside organization has closely examined our clinics and procedures and verifies that we are delivering the highest level of patient care.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – dentists, 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.

Dental Associates has worked hard to develop a company culture of patient care excellence. In 2003, the company’s CEO, Anthony Vastardis, implemented an annual Press Ganey survey to monitor patient satisfaction at each of the clinics. Since that time, the company has earned ever increasing patient satisfaction scores.

“We always put the patient and their needs first,” says Vastardis. “Even though the Press Ganey survey and AAAHC review are strenuous and take additional time, they’re an important part of our commitment to patient care excellence.”

Dental Associates’ three Milwaukee-area clinics are located at: 11711 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa; 1135 S. Cesar Chavez Dr., Milwaukee; and 6855 S. 27th Street, Franklin.

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Founded in 1973, Dental Associates is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice with 10 offices throughout the state and more than 800 staff members, including more than 100 doctors. Dental Associates provides complete family dental services, both general and specialty dentistry, under one roof – from pediatric dentistry to specialized dental services for older adults – with a focus on excellent care that is affordable, accessible and personalized. Through the company's CarePlus Dental Plans, Dental Associates provides affordable and high-quality dental health care to all Wisconsin residents. For more information regarding Dental Associates, visit www.dentalassociates.com.

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.
 

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