Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville vascular lab receives vascular testing accreditation renewal
October 29, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville has received renewed accreditation in its vascular lab for the performance of carotid artery and peripheral artery procedures.
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has granted a three-year term of accreditation to Baptist Jacksonville’s vascular lab in the areas of extracranial cerebrovascular testing (carotid artery scan) and peripheral arterial testing for upper and lower extremities. The accreditation signifies that Baptist Jacksonville’s vascular lab has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
The IAC accreditation is a "seal of approval" that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of vascular testing.
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community and vascular testing accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their vascular testing procedures are performed within accredited facilities.
“The accreditation by the IAC is a confirmation of the quality of work that is done at this facility,” said Bob Perez, director of the Baptist Jacksonville’s Medical Imaging Department. “We have a very talented and capable group of team members. I am very proud of the high quality product that our team produces.”
Gwen Smith, lead sonographer of the vascular lab at Baptist Jacksonville and Kurt Mori, MD, radiologist and medical director of the vascular lab, collaborated in renewing the accreditation.
Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease, which are disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death. Each year, almost 800,000 strokes occur in the U.S.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. There are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis, including the skill of the technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures.