AAAHC Expands Global Reach with First Accreditation in Honduras

The International Arm of AAAHC Recognizes La Lima Medical Center for Industry-Leading Care to Merchant Marine Organizations

With more than 6,000 organizations accredited worldwide, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) announces its first accreditation in the country of Honduras. AAAHC continues to flourish in new regions across the globe by developing standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care and value for the industry through accreditation.

Acreditas Global, the international accreditation branch of AAAHC, awarded accreditation to La Lima Medical Center in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, marking the first in the region.

Located on the north coast of Honduras, La Lima Medical Center is an 80-bed general hospital and outpatient diagnostic center which offers CT and ultrasound technology. The facility provides patients with high-quality care and includes a 40-suite medical office building to support practices of affiliated physicians. The hospital was recognized for excellence in its Seafarer Medical Examination Program.

“To be the first center in Honduras to receive accreditation from Acreditas Global illustrates La Lima Medical Center’s ground-breaking achievements in providing high-quality, patient-focused care at the international level,” said Beth Derby, RN, MBA, Chairperson, Acreditas Global Board of Directors. “Through the accreditation process, its staff, technology and facilities proved to meet the high standards Acreditas Global uses to evaluate top medical provider organizations worldwide.”

Continuous quality improvement is a central component of Acreditas Global accreditation, which continues to spread into new international markets worldwide. Created to recognize international health organizations that demonstrate medical care quality on par with the strict U.S.-based standards, Acreditas Global accreditation assures both the local population and international tourists of a facility’s ability to deliver safe, high-quality care.

To achieve Acreditas Global accreditation, health organizations participate in on-going self-evaluation, peer review and education. The Acreditas Global accreditation process requires an onsite visit to the organization by experienced health care surveyors, who reviews the organization’s adherence to international Standards in service, safety and quality at the point of patient care.

“AAAHC prides itself on the consultative, peer-based approach to surveys that helps organizations achieve success through collaboration and guidance,” said Derby. “This foundation has enabled AAAHC to expand its industry-leading accreditation program internationally. We are thrilled to have add Honduras to the list of countries with accredited health care facilities.”



About Acreditas Global

Acreditas Global is an international health care accreditation organization devoted to helping hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, medical centers, dental care providers, emergency care centers and other health care organizations achieve and commit to the highest international standards in service, safety and patient care. Acreditas Global certifies this high level of achievement through the awarding of accreditation, which requires an onsite survey. For more information, visit


The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), founded in 1979, is the United States leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 6,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of ambulatory health care organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, college student health centers, health plans/managed care organizations, military health care clinics, large medical and dental practices and medical homes. 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 and medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public. For more information, visit

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