OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center was recently granted a one-year term of accreditation in cardiac electrophysiology by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
IAC is a nonprofit accrediting organization, founded by medical professionals. The IAC’s mission is to improve health care through accreditation, which serves as an indicator of quality care.
“We are extremely proud to have received this accreditation from IAC,” said Amy Barber, director of cardiac service line for OSF Saint Anthony. “Our team is very dedicated and hardworking and went the extra mile to make sure this accreditation happened.”
IAC accreditation indicates OSF Saint Anthony has undergone an intensive application and review process, is compliant with published standards for cardiac electrophysiology, and has
demonstrated a commitment to providing quality patient care. The accreditation includes a detailed self-evaluation followed by thorough review by a panel of medical experts to assess critical
operational and technical components of the facility.
The application was submitted for electrophysiology testing and ablation, device implantation, chronic lead extraction, and left atrial appendage occlusion/Watchman. OSF Saint Anthony’s
accreditation status can be extended to three years after an on-site visit that will take place within the next year.
Cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death in the United States, and early detection of heart disorders is key to survival. Cardiac electrophysiology is used to diagnose and treat certain heart conditions that affect the electrical activity of the heart muscle. Most often, these kinds of tests are performed on older people, but younger people with congenital heart conditions
can also benefit from the diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of this treatment area.