Prestigious recognition highlights ongoing excellence in care and service to patients


AAAHC LogoSurgical Associates, S.C., Central Wisconsin’s largest private surgical practice, is proud to announce it has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Status as an AAAHC-accredited organization affirms that Surgical Associates meets rigorous, nationally-recognized standards for health care services. An independent, external evaluation distinguished Surgical Associates from many other ambulatory care facilities by acknowledging it provides the highest quality of care to its patients.

The AAAHC accreditation process includes a self-assessment and extensive on-site surveys carried out by AAAHC expert surveyors, including physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. All ambulatory health care organizations seeking AAAHC accreditation must demonstrate participation in ongoing self-evaluation, peer review and education to continuously improve care and services.

More than 6,100 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation, and among those which do, not all are granted accreditation.

“AAAHC accreditation positions Surgical Associates as a community leader and validates our commitment to our patients,” said Mike Murphy, CEO of Surgical Associates. “We are truly honored and humbled by this achievement and intend to use the evaluation to build upon our strengths and identify opportunities to provide the highest level of care possible.”


About Surgical Associates, S.C.:

Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgery, and bariatric surgery are among the surgical services offered at Surgical Associates. The practice provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several North Central Wisconsin communities, including Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


About Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care:

Founded in 1979, AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation. The organization accredits a wide range of outpatient settings, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery facilities, endoscopy centers, student health centers, medical and dental group practices, community health centers, employer-based health clinics, retail clinics, and Indian/Tribal health centers, among others.

AAAHC advocates for the provision of high-quality health care through the development and adoption of nationally recognized standards. They provide a valuable survey experience founded on a peer-based, educational approach to on-site review. The AAAHC Certificate of Accreditation demonstrates an organization’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality services to its patients—every day of the 1,095-day accreditation cycle. It is recognized by third-party payers, medical professional associations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies, and the public. For more information on AAAHC, please visit


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