GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., September 21, 2020 –Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences’ Electrodiagnostic Medicine program is pleased to announce that it recently earned the highest designation of Electrodiagnostic (EDX) Laboratory Accreditation given by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) – Laboratory Accreditation with Exemplary Status.
“Accreditation with Exemplary status puts Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences’ Electrodiagnostic Medicine laboratory among the top electrodiagnostic laboratories. This is an important accomplishment for the Hauenstein Neurosciences team and the patients we care for,” said Laboratory Medical Director Min Zhu, MD.
“This is truly the result of our Electrodiagnostic Medicine team’s hard work and dedication,” said Dr. Herman Sullivan, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences medical director. “It’s among the many steps we take to provide the highest-possible level of care.”
“We commend Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences’ Electrodiagnostic Medicine Laboratory for making the commitment to becoming accredited. Taking this step demonstrates their dedication to ensuring patients are receiving the best possible care,” said Shirlyn A. Adkins, JD, AANEM Executive Director.
EDX Laboratory Accreditation acknowledges laboratories for maintaining the highest level of quality, performance, and integrity based on AANEM’s professional standards. These standards evaluate diagnostic services and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care, such as:
- Clinical staff qualifications and continuing education
- Physical facilities
- EDX equipment
- Protocols for performing EDX studies
- Patient reports
- Policies for ensuring the health and safety of every patient
Laboratory Accreditation with Exemplary Status is the highest level of accreditation an EDX laboratory can achieve through the AANEM. In order to achieve this status, physicians performing studies in the laboratory must meet the following criteria:
- Completion of a neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program
- Completion of a minimum of three months of training in EDX medicine as part of a residency or fellowship program
In addition to the requirements listed above, the Lab Medical Director(s) must be certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM), or the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in clinical neurophysiology, or the ABPN/American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in neuromuscular disease.
The AANEM has accredited more than 300 main electrodiagnostic laboratories and satellite locations since 2011. For more information about the AANEM EDX Laboratory Accreditation program, visit http://www.aanem.org/Practice/EDX-Laboratory-Accreditation.aspx.