The Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center has been granted another three-year term of accreditation in vascular testing in the areas of extracranial cerebrovascular testing, peripheral arterial testing, and peripheral venous testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that, after a thorough review by a panel of experts, are found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards. Vascular testing accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and by some private insurers.
Tim Wages, MSN, RN, NE-BC, senior director of ancillary services at Phelps, said, “The IAC accreditation is a nationally recognized validation of our practice in the diagnosis of vascular-related illnesses. It recognizes the commitment to excellence by our physicians and vascular staff.”
In the United States, cardiovascular diseases (disorders of the heart and blood vessels) are the number one cause of death and stroke (a disorder of the blood supply to the brain) is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability. According to the American Heart Association, the total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the U.S. for 2010 was an estimated $503.2 billion.
Early detection of many life-threatening disorders is possible through the use of vascular testing procedures, such as those performed at Phelps’ Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory. There are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on vascular testing, 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. When scheduled for a vascular testing procedure, patients are encouraged to make sure their procedure is done at an accredited facility.
For more information about the Phelps Cardiovascular Diagnostic Laboratory, call 914-366-3740 or go to www.phelpshospital.org.
About Phelps Hospital
Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. www.phelpshospital.org. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities. www.phelpsmedicalassociates.org.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, nearly 700 outpatient facilities and more than 18,500 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 68,000 employees – 16,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.