WINTHROP’S ELECTRODIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY TEAM EARNS PRESTIGIOUS ACCREDITATION FROM THE AANEM
Winthrop-University Hospital’s Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Team has received the highest level of Laboratory Accreditation status from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).
At Winthrop, specially trained physicians use electrodiagnostic (EDX) studies, which cover a broad range of tests, to measure the electrical activity of muscles and nerves to determine if there is damage, the cause of the damage and response to treatment. EDX laboratories provide diagnostic testing for a variety of neurological conditions, muscle diseases, and autonomic disorders.
“This achievement underscores the Hospital’s deep commitment to offering the highest standard of care for patients,” said Huiying Yu, MD, Director of the Electrodiagnostic Laboratory and Director of the Neurodiagnostic Laboratory at Winthrop. “We have demonstrated clinical excellence in electrodiagnostic medicine and confirmed our commitment to provide the highest quality medical care in a safe environment.”
The AANEM accreditation program — which utilizes a peer-review process that identifies and acknowledges EDX laboratories for achieving and maintaining the highest level of quality performance and integrity — evaluates the diagnostic services and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care, including:
• Clinical staff qualifications and continuing education
• Physical facilities
• EDX equipment
• Protocols for performing EDX studies
• Patient reports
• Policies for ensuring the health and safety of every patient
Exemplary Status — the highest level of accreditation an EDX laboratory can achieve under the AANEM Accreditation Program — is provided only if the physicians performing the laboratory studies have:
• Completed a neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program
• Completed at least three months of training in EDX medicine as part of a residency or fellowship program and
• Been certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) or the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in clinical neurophysiology, or by the ABPN/American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in neuromuscular disease
AANEM is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and electrodiagnostic medicine. For more information about AANEM, or to learn more about laboratory accreditation, visit www.aanem.org.
Winthrop’s Institute for Neurosciences treats all neurological conditions including stroke, Parkinson's disease, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscle and nerve disorders, and various other conditions. The Winthrop Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, which provides more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, more extensive medical, neuropsychological, psychosocial treatment as well as a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery. Winthrop is also New York State Department of Health-designated Stroke Center. Patients receive comprehensive care from an interdisciplinary team which includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, vascular surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons and other specialists from related fields as needed. Specialized nursing care, physical and occupational therapy, social work and other supportive services are also key components of the Institute. For more information about neurological care at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP.
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