Kodiak — The Kodiak Area Native Association announced Tuesday that it has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

Accreditation distinguishes our local nonprofit health and social services provider 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 KANA 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.

“This is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to ensuring KANA is providing the highest quality care to its patients,” said Andy Teuber, president and CEO of KANA. “Attaining AAAHC accreditation has been a priority for KANA’s board since 2011. We are proud of this accomplishment and look forward to maintaining our quality care commitment to our patients and to the Kodiak community.”

KANA’s certification as a Patient-Centered Medical Home was also awarded by AAAHC for its delivery of health services in a manner that emphasizes patient rights and responsibilities, the patient/care team relationship, the comprehensiveness, continuity, and accessibility of care, the quality and completeness of health records and the overall quality of care provided.

“KANA’s AAAHC certification is an exciting step in our ongoing commitment to provide the highest quality care to our patients and their families,” said Dr. Elise Pletnikoff, a boardccertified family medicine Physician practicing at KANA.

The Kodiak Area Native Association elevates the quality of life of the people we serve through enhancing access to health care and social services. Through these services and our guiding Alutiiq values, KANA empowers individuals and families to lead the life of wellness we all deserve.

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