ThedaCare Hospital EEG Labs Earn Accreditation

March 27, 2012

Facilities that Help Diagnose Neurological Disorders Receive National Honor

Appleton Medical Center (AMC) and Theda Clark Medical Center labs that help diagnose neurological disorders recently earned national accreditation.

The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) gave a five-year accreditation to the hospitals’ electroencephalography (EEG) laboratories.  ABRET evaluates technical standards, the quality of the laboratory’s output and lab management issues.

Neurodiagnostics Medical Director Ryan Zantow, MD, said the accreditation means the EEG lab meets strict standards and is recognized as a place where patients and physicians feel confident receiving quality diagnostics for epilepsy, focal brain disturbances, space-occupying lesions, and vascular disorders.

“This accreditation is one of many steps in our commitment to excellence,” he said. “We will continue to work hard to ensure delivery of world-class neurodiagnostic services to our communities.”

Dr. Zantow said the accreditation means tests performed at AMC and Theda Clark have enhanced credibility when data is sent to outside institutions or used in court. The ABRET certification also lets patients and providers know the lab meets established standards and has a reputation for integrity.

AMC is a 160-bed acute care hospital that opened in 1958. In addition to general medical and surgical care, services include the Appleton Heart Institute, a fully staffed emergency department, pediatrics, birthing services, a comprehensive cancer center, and ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus, which integrates orthopedics, sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and other services. Appleton Medical Center is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the national Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Theda Clark Medical Center is a 166-bed acute care hospital founded in 1909. In addition to general medical and surgical care, specialized services include a birth center, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin - Fox Valley, the region’s only American College of Surgeons Verified Level II Trauma Center, the Aylward Outpatient Surgery Center and ThedaStar Air Medical Helicopter. Theda Clark Medical Center also offers comprehensive neuroscience care and the Theda Clark Stroke Center was the first stroke center in Northeast Wisconsin to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The Bariatric Program at Theda Clark, along with Midwest Bariatric Solutions and its surgeons, have jointly received two Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designations by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, ThedaCare At Work, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.