WAKEFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS – May 22, 2013 – American Dental Partners, Inc. announced that Carus Dental has been re-accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (“AAAHC”), including achieving AAAHC Dental Home Standards.

Carus Dental is a multi-specialty group practice with 22 office locations throughout Austin and Houston, Texas.  “Carus Dental’s accreditation is well-deserved and is recognition of its commitment to high quality standards and clinical excellence,” said Gregory A. Serrao, Chief Executive Officer of American Dental Partners.  “We are particularly pleased Carus Dental was our first affiliated practice to receive AAAHC Dental Home accreditation,” added Mr. Serrao.

American Dental Partners encourages its affiliated dental groups to pursue AAAHC accreditation as a means to set and maintain measurable quality benchmarks and strive for the highest possible standard of patient care.  Dr. Jesley C. Ruff, Senior Vice President and Chief Professional Officer of American Dental Partners, works with the Company’s affiliated practices in the pursuit of accreditation.  “We hope that by having our affiliated dental groups be part of a select group of dental practices accredited by the AAAHC, American Dental Partners will be at the forefront of promoting clinical excellence in the dental profession.  While AAAHC accreditation is a rigorous and demanding process, we believe it will help our affiliated dental groups enhance relationships with patients and local dental communities and attract high quality professionals,” said Dr. Ruff.  “We are proud that our model of multi-specialty dental group practice and patient-centered, dentist-directed, comprehensive oral health care has been accredited at Carus Dental as having met the demanding standards of the AAAHC,” concluded Dr. Ruff.

The AAAHC was formed in 1979 to assist ambulatory health care organizations improve the quality of care provided to patients.  Accreditation is a voluntary process through which ambulatory health care organizations are able to measure the quality of their services and performance against nationally recognized standards.  Currently accrediting over 5,500 organizations, the AAAHC is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation.

American Dental Partners is one of the nation’s leading business partners to dental group practices.  The Company is affiliated with 26 dental group practices located in 21 states.