Star Lake, New York ----- Clifton-Fine Hospital congratulates Family Nurse Practitioner, Erin Birchenough, on successfully becoming a Certified Hypertension Clinician (CHC) through the American Society of Hypertension (ASH). This certification, created specifically for Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Primary Care Physicians, recognizes their mastery of a defined body of knowledge in hypertension (high blood pressure) given their scope of practice. It provides recognition of expertise in hypertension and demonstrates commitment to the highest standards of patient care.
Ms. Birchenough joined the practitioner team at the Clifton-Fine Hospital Primary Care Clinic in 2016. She earned her Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Star Lake, New York ----- Approximately one in 10 Americans undergoes a Computed Tomography (CT) scan each year in order to detect abnormalities, injuries or diseases. A highly regarded diagnostic imaging tool due to its ability to detect minute differences in tissue as well as its multiplanar reformatted imaging capabilities, CT is used to diagnose conditions of the neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, extremities, cardiac and vascular system and sinus and temporal bones.
There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on CT imaging. The training and experience of both the operator performing the procedure and the interpreting physician, the type of CT equipment used, adherence to radiation dose guidelines and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. 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.
Clifton-Fine Hospital located in Star Lake, NY has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in CT in the areas of Body CT and Neurological CT.
Accreditation by IAC indicates that Clifton-Fine Hospital has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published Standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in CT. 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.
IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to CT, which include physicians, technologists and physicists. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.