Danbury Hospital Vascular Laboratory Receives Re-accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
Alan Dietzek, M.D.
Chief, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
Director, Non-Invasive Vascular Lab, Danbury Hospital
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Danbury Hospital announces that its Vascular Laboratory has received a three-year re-accreditation in six major areas of vascular testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that Danbury Hospital 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.
To receive this designation, Danbury Hospital's Vascular Laboratory has been carefully critiqued in all six areas of its operations considered important by medical experts in the field of vascular testing. The six areas include:
- Extracranial cerebrovascular testing
- Intracranial cerebrovascular testing
- Peripheral venous testing
- Peripheral arterial testing
- Vascular screening
- Visceral vascular testing
"Danbury Hospital's vascular laboratory is one of less than 25 vascular labs in the United States to earn this designation in all six areas," said Dr. Alan Dietzek, Chief, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery and Director, Non-Invasive Vascular Lab, Danbury Hospital. "The IAC's re-accreditation of Danbury Hospital's vascular laboratory is a 'seal of approval' that patients can rely on our facility to provide the best quality testing possible in all areas of non-invasive diagnostic testing."
Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease. Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular testing procedures within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians' offices. Many facets contribute to the testing including the skill of the technologist, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures.
About the IAC
lAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Vascular Testing, which include physicians, technologists and sonographers. Vascular Testing accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their Vascular Testing procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities it remains a voluntary process.
About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. With this recent affiliation, the organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit TheNewWCHN.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.