The Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s clinics, after a review from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare, have received zero deficiencies for its health care programs and earned accreditation. The audits, self-imposed by health providers, seek to identify areas of their services that need improvement.

“We are very pleased with the hard work and dedication of our employees of CPN Health Programs,” said CPN Chairman John Barrett. “This accreditation and audit show that we are providing the very best health care possible to our tribal members. We should all be very proud of the employees and health care providers for our Nation.”

The survey was requested by CPN to review the entire organization to help build on the strengths and identify the opportunities to improve the delivery of health care.

The clinicians and support personnel comprising the CPNHS staff share the goal of eliminating the health status disparities which exist between American Indians and the general population of the United States, and focus on eliminating long-standing access barriers to health and human services experienced by the majority of Native Americans residing in central Oklahoma.

“We always request that our services be reviewed so that we can maintain our accreditation, but the most important thing really is that we’re providing the best care possible for our patients,” said director of health services Tim Tall Chief. “We are very proud of our employees and providers who work hard to make sure our patients are treated well and get the quality health care they need and deserve.”

The survey was conducted in May and evaluated CPN’s compliance with AAAHC standards for ambulatory health care to determine if accreditation should be awarded or retained. With an emphasis on education and consultation, the purpose of accreditation is to improve the quality of health care delivered by CPN.