Health center achieves prestigious accreditation

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Back row, left to right: Daniel Sherron, clinic manager, and Donnie Hodge, chief pharmacist; Front row, left to right: Laura Sawney, chief compliance and performance officer, and Dr. Ronald Shaw, chief executive officer and chief medical officer. Courtesy

The Osage Nation Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Ambulatory health care organizations like the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, examines best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“Our staff worked diligently together to go above and beyond to make our center the premier tribal health facility and we are so proud of this accreditation,” said Dr. Ronald Shaw, CEO of the Osage Health Center. “Taking care of our people and others is what we strive to do with a standard of excellence.”

The Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center is located in Pawhuska on the Osage Nation campus and provides services to all eligible Native Americans residing within the Osage Nation Reservation, Kay, Grant, Noble, Payne and Garfield counties.

The center provides services that includes a proactive and forward thinking administration as well as a medical clinic, nursing clinic, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, mammography, optometry clinic, dental clinic, purchased referred care, behavioral health clinic and diabetes clinic.

The 9,371-square-foot facility employs approximately 70 full-time staff, has a current total of 19,971 patient charts, offers a drive-thru pharmacy, pharmacy direct mail program and extended hours, and is projected to have 50,000 patient visits this year.

“We continuously expand and improve the services we provide our patients,” Shaw said. “The safety and quality of care of our patients is our number one goal and we strive to achieve that with every visit.”

Being an accredited organization means the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC.

For more information about the Health Center, visit