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Benton-Franklin Health District receives national accreditation

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KENNEWICK, WA - The Benton-Franklin Health District has just achieved a national accreditation. This means they meet national standards for quality performance and are committed to provide the best health care to our community.

Health officer Dr. Amy Person, says the process took a couple of years.

"It was a very rigorous process; we had to meet a number of guidelines in order to be able to submit an application," Person said.

They are only the fifth health district in Washington to be accredited, and 1 of 150 health departments nationwide.

"It was a huge pat on the back for us, for our organization, and for the community partners we work with," Person said.

They worked hard to receive national recognition and it was a team effort. Kathleen Clary-Cooke with the Health District explains why they feel special.

"There're some health departments that don't receive accreditation the first time and they have a chance to continue in the process. Well, one of the things we are so excited about is that our application was approved the first time through," Clary-Cooke said.

What does this means to the community? It means we are served with the highest standard of health care in the nation.