UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery Program at Halifax Health Earns Accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

Dr. Robert Feezor, a vascular surgeon with the UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery Program at Halifax Health, oversees a vascular screening. 

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (October 17, 2017) – The University of Florida Health Heart and Vascular Surgery Program at Halifax Health has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vascular Testing in the area of Peripheral Arterial Testing.

“Halifax Health is proud of the success of our heart and vascular surgery program partnership with UF Health.  This accreditation further demonstrates the world-class care we are able to provide to our community through this program,” says Matt Petkus, vice president of surgical services for Halifax Health.

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.  Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States.  On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease.  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 vascular 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.  The 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.

According to the IAC, accreditation indicates that the UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery Program at Halifax Health has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published standards, which demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care in vascular testing.  Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

For more information on the UF Health Heart and Vascular Surgery Program at Halifax Health, visit www.halifaxhealth.org/ufhealth or call 386.226.2662.

About Halifax Health

Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, two community clinics, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization.  Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born as early as 28 weeks.  For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.

About IAC

The IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear medicine/PET, MRI, CT, dental CT carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular catheterization. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring and promoting quality patient care supporting one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®.  IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of more than 40 national medical societies.  To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.  To learn more about IAC, visit intersocietal.org.  

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