Heyl Family PracticeAt Southern Pain and Spine, we are committed to helping individuals suffering from chronic pain restore function and improve their quality of life. To provide optimal access to high-quality and safe pain care we have newly built state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) attached to each of our clinic locations. We have four convenient clinic and ASC locations throughout the Greater Atlanta area: Athens, Gainesville, Jasper, and Newnan.

Our ASCs are focused on providing same-day interventional pain care, including diagnostic and preventative procedures. Surgery centers offer a convenient and affordable alternative to hospital-based outpatient procedures. Our facilities strive to offer the best care possible by meeting and exceeding the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) standards. AAAHC accreditation is a voluntary, peer-based educational survey process with the objective of advancing patient care and safety.

Advancing Patient Care through Accreditation

AAAHC accreditation distinguishes our surgery centers from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety. The AAAHC accreditation process is rigorous and challenges ASC employees to work together as a team to discover new ways to better serve our patients and provide continuous improvements in care. Receiving accreditation reflects our commitment to clinical excellence and ensuring the safest experience for our valued patients.

Status as an accredited organization means that a center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,600 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are currently accredited by AAAHC.

ASCs seeking AAAHC accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and onsite survey by expert surveyors. While the onsite survey is an important component of the accreditation process, ongoing compliance and continuous improvement are also integral to accreditation maintenance. Successfully accredited organization must adopt policies and procedures that fuel ongoing QI and self-evaluation every day.


For over 35 years AAAHC has been the leader in accreditation for ambulatory care organizations. AAAHC advocates for high-quality health care and patient safety. Their role involves:

  • Engaging experts to develop, review and revise standards for accreditation
  • Evaluating organizations against these standards, as well as their own policies and procedures.
  • Creating tools to support continuous quality improvement

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) was founded in 1979 to:

'Encourage and assist ambulatory health care organizations to provide the highest achievable level of care for recipients in the most efficient and economically sound manner. The AAAHC accomplishes this by the operation of a peer-based assessment, consultation, education and accreditation program.'