Paoli Hospital’s Neurovascular Laboratory has received a three-year term of re-accreditation in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular 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.
“The re-accreditation of our Neurovascular Laboratory is a ‘seal of approval’ that patients can rely on Paoli Hospital to provide the highest level of neurovascular care,” said Debbie Eddinger, Director of the Neurovascular Lab at Paoli Hospital. “We are pleased to offer the community advanced vascular care.”
Paoli Hospital’s Neurovascular Laboratory is one element of Main Line Health’s (MLH) comprehensive stroke care program. All four of the health system’s acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, and Bryn Mawr, Paoli and Riddle hospitals—have received stroke certification from The Joint Commission as well as gold level status by the American Heart Association’s ‘Get with The Guidelines’ program. Bryn Mawr Hospital is the first and only hospital within the Main Line and western suburbs to have a university-affiliated neurosciences center for comprehensive stroke care. The MLH Neurovascular Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital offers patients access to the resources of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN) comprehensive stroke center, including community education programs, leading edge clinical trials and advanced protocols for the detection and treatment of stroke and other neuroscience disorders.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the U.S. 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.
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.