Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital have received the highest designation of Electrodiagnostic (EDX) Laboratory Accreditation with Exemplary Status given by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).
“We are honored to have received this prestigious AANEM recognition,” said Souhel Najjar, MD, senior vice president and executive director of the Northwell Health’s neurology services. “It is a testament to our health system’s commitment in offering the highest quality of care to our patients with nerve and muscle disorders.”
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; and, 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 and completion of a minimum of three months of training in EDX medicine as part of a residency or fellowship program. In addition, the Lab Medical Director 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.
“We commend Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital for making the commitment to becoming accredited,” said Shirlyn A. Adkins, JD, AANEM executive director. “Taking this step demonstrates their dedication to ensuring patients are receiving the best possible care.”
For more information about Lenox Hill’s Nerve & Muscle Disorders Center and Electrodiagnostic Laboratory, click here or call 212-434-6400. For the Staten Island’s Department of Neurology, click here or call 718-226-5700.