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. Cardiovascular diseases are the number one 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.
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.
Surgical Associates S.C. Vascular Laboratory located in Wausau, WI has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vascular Testing in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Arterial Testing, and Peripheral Venous Testing. This latest accreditation awarded to Surgical Associates S.C. Vascular Laboratory demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in vascular testing.
Accreditation by the IAC indicates that Surgical Associates S.C. Vascular Laboratory has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vascular testing. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operation and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.
About Surgical Associates, S.C.
Surgical Associates, S.C. is a multispecialty, independent surgical practice providing tertiary-level surgical care at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. General and acute care surgery, vascular surgery, breast surgery and trauma surgery are among the surgical services provided by the practice. Surgical Associates provides outreach clinic and surgical services to several North Central Wisconsin communities including, Antigo, Medford, Merrill, Rhinelander, Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Woodruff as well as Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Surgical Associates takes pride in its comprehensive approach to vascular care. The clinic has trained nurse practitioners focused on vascular disease, an accredited vascular ultrasound department providing services within the clinic setting, and an office-based angio suite for patient convenience and lowering the cost of healthcare. Surgical Associates vascular surgeons are fellowship-trained and dedicated to quality outcomes, with patients reporting a client satisfaction score of 4.98/5 for their experience in the office angio suite.
IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to vascular testing, which include physicians, sonographers and technologists. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.