Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Vascular and Echo Lab Teams Earn Re-accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

RWJUH’s Echo and Vascular Laboratory Teams recently earned a three-year reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

RWJUH’s Echo and Vascular Laboratory Teams recently earned a three-year reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

(New Brunswick) - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH) Vascular and Echo Laboratories have earned a three-year reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The Vascular Lab received accreditations for Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Arterial Testing and Peripheral Venous Testing and the Echo Lab received accreditation for Adult Transthoracic Echo, Adult Transesophageal Echo and Adult Stress Echo.

The IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that indicates RWJUH’s programs provide consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement in these areas based on an intensive application and review process.

“Both labs perform critical services to detect and prevent life-threatening vascular and cardiac events,” said Partho Sengupta, MD, FACC, Henry Rutgers Professor of Cardiology and Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Chief of Cardiology at RWJUH. “We are proud of the ongoing work and commitment of the laboratories in providing the highest level of quality, safe care for our patients.”

Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular and echo testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. 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.

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on this 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.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick, an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is a 600-bed academic medical center that serves as the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association. RWJUH Brunswick has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers. For more Information visit us online at www.rwjbh.org/newbrunswick

About the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
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.

Contact: Peter Haigney
RWJUH Public Relations
(732) 937-8568