UAB earns nation’s first NAFC center of excellence designation

The National Association For Continence (NAFC) has named the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Continence and Urogynecology Care Clinics its first Center of Excellence: Continence Care.

NAFC's National Centers of Excellence: Continence Care program was established to offer consumers seeking solutions to their bladder and bowel control problems and related pelvic floor dysfunction a reliable, trustworthy means of finding an experienced and credentialed expert. The center of excellence designation is based on evidence of extensive training, clinical experience, resources and patient satisfaction statistics that meet established standards.

"It was a unanimous decision by everyone on the committee," to select UAB's Continence and Urogynecology Care Clinics as the inaugural center of excellence, said G. Willy Davila, M.D., chair of the NAFC Center of Excellence Review Committee. "Not only do these clinics have a great reputation, they also show great care to their patients, as made evident from the answers given on the patient satisfaction survey."

UAB physicians Drs. Holly Richter, Robert Holley, Alayne Markland, Patricia Goode and R. Edward Varner are recognized as the healthcare providers for UAB's NAFC Center of Excellence designation. Drs.  Jerrod Greer and Kathryn Burgio and nurse practitioners Jeannine McCormick and Lisa Pair, along with others, are part of the care team at these clinics.

"This recognition is a testament to the interdisciplinary excellence for which UAB is known, and specifically to the collaboration between the divisions of Women's Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care," said William Andrews, Ph.D., M.D., professor and chairman of the UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

"We are honored to be selected as the first NAFC Center of Excellence in the country and to have our efforts to ensure quality care for our patients recognized," added Richard M. Allman, M.D., professor and director of UAB Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics and Palliative Care.

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