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Nuclear Cardiology/Cardiac PET Accreditation

In March 2012, all seven Norton Healthcare facilities that offer nuclear cardiology services received nuclear cardiology and cardiac PET accreditation through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The seven facilities are:

  • Norton Audubon Hospital
  • Norton Brownsboro Hospital
  • Norton Hospital
  • Norton Women's and Kosair Children's Hospital
  • Norton Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center – Dixie
  • Norton Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center – The Springs
  • Norton Diagnostic Center – Dupont

The process began in November 2011, after the Cardiovascular Service Line Advisory Committee unanimously approved a proposal to seek accreditation under the direction of Steve Janto, director of Noninvasive Cardiology, and Jaime Warren, manager, Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center – The Springs and Dixie, for systemwide noninvasive cardiology diagnostic, further demonstrating the organization's commitment to health care excellence.

Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) studies are performed only at Norton Diagnostic Center – Dupont. The program began in early 2011 under the direction of Kathy Meyer, director, Norton Diagnostic Center – Dupont, and Jaime Warren. Both were instrumental in developing the cardiac PET program and achieving national accreditation.

The IAC nuclear/PET accreditation's purpose is to ensure high-quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize quality nuclear cardiology, nuclear medicine and PET diagnostic evaluations by a process of accreditation. Every aspect of care — from the team members' efforts to physician participation — is critical to the success of obtaining accreditation. With a team effort, the nuclear cardiology services went through a strenuous evaluation to ensure high-quality care, and subsequently received full accreditation from IAC. By the end of April 2012, the cardiology service areas will file an application for adult and pediatric echocardiography accreditation.

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