ANMC Vascular Lab, Cardiology earns Vascular Testing reaccreditation by the IACJanuary 27, 2017
The Alaska Native Medical Center Vascular Laboratory and Cardiology Department recently received a three-year reaccreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vascular Testing in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular testing and Peripheral Venous Testing. This latest accreditation awarded to ANMC’s Vascular Laboratory and Cardiology demonstrates the ongoing commitment to providing the highest-quality patient care in vascular testing. Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular testing procedures within hospitals and outpatient centers. Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death for Alaska Native and American Indian people in the state and this technology is very important to early detection in our people. “The importance of vascular lab accreditation is that we get external validation that our studies and reports are accurate and standards are met,” said Dr. Mark Thorndike, ANMC Vascular Lab Clinical Director. “It also provides a built-in process for quality review and improvement. This accreditation greatly benefits the people we serve.” There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on vascular testing. The training and experience of the technologist performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a seal of approval that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and dedication to continuous improvement. Congratulations to these departments on their efforts to provide the best patient care possible and constantly striving to make improvements in the services and care they provide.