Low Moor, VA, September, 2012 – When patients turn to LewisGale Hospital Alleghany for vascular testing for the diagnosis and early detection of cardiovascular disease, they can expect to receive care that meets or exceeds national quality standards. The hospital’s Cardiovascular Department recently achieved accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission – a national seal of approval for its vascular testing.

“Accreditation is a voluntary process and our commitment to this rigorous evaluation is further evidence of our commitment to high-quality patient care,” said Greg Madsen, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany.

To achieve this distinction the Cardiovascular Department had to undergo a thorough analysis of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts and a detailed case study review. The three-year accreditation covers the areas of extracranial cerebrovascular testing, peripheral venous testing and peripheral artery testing.

“We want our patients to rest assured knowing we have the quality measures in place to give them the most accurate diagnosis,” said Connie Salyards, RTR, Director of the Imaging Department. “Our team includes highly-trained technologists to perform the tests and two physicians who are skilled in interpreting the results.”

The team includes Patsy Sampson, RT, RVT, RDCS; Leona Patterson, Adam Palmer, CVT, BS, and interpreting physicians Dr. Mary Zelenik and Dr. Bruce Banning.

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds from a cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

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