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Methodist Health System Vascular Program Earns Vascular Testing Reaccreditation From Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Published: March 1, 2021

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one  American dies every 36 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the country, with over 795,000 new strokes occurring annually.

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. 

Methodist Health System’s vascular and vein program has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in vascular testing in the area(s) of extracranial cerebrovascular testing, peripheral arterial testing and peripheral venous testing. 

This latest accreditation awarded to Methodist demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in vascular testing.

Vascular testing through the accredited program is available to patients at four locations: West Dodge Medical Plaza, Methodist Physicians Clinic at Westroads Office Park, Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital.

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John Park, MD

“I’m very proud of the vascular program and the team that has been developed at Methodist,” said Methodist vascular surgeon John Park, MD. “Early detection of potential health conditions related to the heart and blood vessels is critical for our patients. Having the equipment, technology and expertise to perform such vascular testing can literally be the difference between life and death for our patients. This accreditation solidifies the high level of care we offer in the region.”

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 a dedication to continuous improvement. Accreditation indicates that Methodist has undergone  an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published IAC Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vascular testing. 

Composed of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final  reports.