North Oaks earns reaccreditation for vascular testing
HAMMOND---Vascular ultrasound services at North Oaks have been reaccredited for 3 additional years by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). North Oaks has earned IAC accreditation since 1999. To learn more about the importance of receiving medical care from an accredited facility, visit the IAC website at intersocietal.org/patients.
“As a primary stroke center certified by The Joint Commission, North Oaks Medical Center and its diagnostic centers rely on vascular ultrasounds as an important early detection tool for life-threatening cardiovascular disorders like stroke, blood clots, poor circulation and other diseases,” explains Casey Alford, director of Diagnostics at North Oaks. “The training and expertise of our technologists, coupled with advanced technology and quality assessment metrics, help create positive patient experiences and improve lives.”
The reaccreditation applies to examinations of carotid arteries, as well as the veins and arteries of the legs and arms, performed at North Oaks Medical Center and its diagnostic centers in Hammond and Livingston. It also applies to North Oaks Rehabilitation Hospital, which is one of five facilities in Louisiana with a Stroke Specialty Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Patients can count on IAC accreditation as a “seal of approval” that they are receiving testing in a facility that consistently demonstrates a commitment to quality care, patient and personnel safety standards, and compliance with national standards.
Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 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.
To learn more about ultrasound services at North Oaks, call North Oaks Public Relations at (985) 230-6647 visit www.northoaks.org.
Ultrasound Supervisor Matthew Peralta joins Ultrasound Technologist Gina Clement at North Oaks Diagnostic Center.
From left at North Oaks Medical Center are Ultrasound Technologists Tyare Standberry and Cheri Borgstede with Supervisor Matthew Peralta.
From left, the Ultrasound team at North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex includes Ultrasound Technologist Tom Ozio and Supervisor Matthew Peralta.
Clockwise, from left, are Diagnostics Clinical Operations Manager Suzanne Smith, Ultrasound Supervisor Matthew Peralta and Diagnostics Medical Director Edward Hernandez, MD.