November 19, 2013
Richmond, Va. (Nov. 18, 2013) — HCA Virginia’s Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals have been granted a three-year term of accreditation in vascular testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
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.
Through the IAC accreditation process, Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals have undergone a thorough review of their operational and technical components by a panel of experts.
“Achieving this accreditation is yet another example of our steadfast dedication to providing the highest level of care for our patients,” said Tim McManus, CEO of Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals. “I am extremely proud of our team for their continued efforts and for earning this accomplishment.”
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. When scheduled for a vascular testing procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed.
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the country, with nearly 800,000 new strokes occurring annually.
The total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the United States for 2010 was an estimated $503.2 billion. 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. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on vascular testing.
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 are each critical to quality patient testing.
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, because for many facilities it remains a voluntary process.
The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care through accreditation. For more information, visit intersocietal.org/vascular/main/patients.htm.