October 06, 2014
Bradenton, FL – Blake Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program has once again received the highest accreditation awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This achievement is an indication of the hospital’s dedication and commitment to the quality healthcare it provides to the community.
Achieving CARF accreditation requires the service provider to commit to quality improvement, focus on the unique needs of each person the provider serves, and monitor the results of services.
The accreditation process begins with an internal examination of the program and business practices. Then an on-site survey is conducted by a team of expert practitioners selected by CARF. During the survey, the provider must demonstrate that it conforms to a series of rigorous and internationally recognized CARF standards.
“We are proud to be nationally recognized for our exceptional standards of patient safety. At Blake Medical Center, we strive to provide every patient the highest quality of care available,” said hospital President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Friedrich.
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 and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/vascular/main/patients.htm. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Vascular Testing, which include physicians, technologists and sonographers. Vascular Testing accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers.
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.