Portsmouth, NH – Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center has been awarded accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities for the 15th consecutive year since 1998 when the facility opened as a plastic surgical facility. At present, many other surgeries are performed there, including podiatric (foot), gynecological, orthopedic, general, reconstructive breast, hand and all plastic surgical procedures.

AAAASF is the leading accrediting organization for ambulatory surgery facilities. Status as an accredited organization meets nationally recognized standards for the delivery of the highest level of surgical care and patient safety available. Not all surgical centers seek this standard and not all that undertake the process achieve all set standards. Facilities awarded accreditation have been inspected and have met 100% of the standards set by AAAASF.

Dr. Lawrence Gray states, “I am extremely proud of this facility. The process of the yearly accreditation challenge helps all staff come together as a finely tuned team working toward the mutual goal of safety and successful outcomes for each and every patient. AAAASF has developed impressive systems to effectively monitor and implement the latest advances in outpatient care delivery that directly benefit my patients. The general surgical environment, anesthesia standards, blood and medication medical records, quality assessment and improvement, professional personnel standards, OR equipment standards,and recovery room monitoring standards all contribute to the best possible outcome for the patient.”

AAAASF provides a complete set of standards on equipment, and emergency protocols, which includes plans for hospital transfer agreements, if necessary. The regulating organization further requires surgeons to have hospital privileges for any procedure performed, requires the use of anesthetic professionals for deeper levels of anesthesia, holds outpatient facilities to hospital standards, and calls for a safe surgical environment. AAAASF also insures quality standards by requiring and co-ordinating peer review by participating surgeons usually from the same region of the country as the facility under review. Both Dr. Lawrence Gray and Dr. Brannon Claytor are certified inspectors for AAAASF.

Dr. Michael Baker, Director of Anesthesia at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center since 2002, states, “AAAASF is the gold standard in accreditation and in the standardized measurement of patient safety. The surgery facility seeking to achieve this coveted award must meet stringent national standards. Dr. Lawrence Gray, Dr. Brannon Claytor and myself are very proud of this achievement, which we have worked hard for and obtained for so many years running. However, with the highest focus of examination being on the operating room and anesthesia, I am particularly proud of the level of professional and pure work ethic my OR staff has put forth in meeting and exceeding the hospital-level standards for quality patient care. The on-going monitoring of scientific advancement for anesthesia fits our model of care at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center and we welcome this challenge year after year.” Visit our website at atlanticplasticsurg.com to read more on tummy tuck, no drains or for more information, call Atlantic Plastic surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Gray, since 1985. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire. Dr. Mark Ballentyne is a highly skilled physician who has been Director of Medical Aesthetics at the Skin Wellness Center since 2003. Dr. Ballentyne is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and will be fully certified by the Board of Aesthetic Medicine in September 2011. He has established a strong reputation for his talent in administering dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport injections, and Fraxel laser treatments. He is a national trainer for Allergan™. Dr. Brannon Claytor is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as in hand surgery. Dr. Claytor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, offering patients a high level of skill, outstanding training and commitment to excellence in cosmetic, reconstructive and hand surgery. He completed an additional year of training in breast microsurgery, oncologic reconstruction and hand microsurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and was on the teaching faculty of the Lahey Clinic Medical Center.

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