Western Connecticut Medical Group - Vascular Surgery Service - Earns Vein Center Accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Medical Group (WCMG) announces that its Vascular Surgery Service has earned Vein Center Accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). WCMG's Vein Center is the first and only center in the state of Connecticut and one of 40 in the entire country to achieve IAC Vein Center accreditation, as well as offering an Accredited Vascular Lab.

Vein Center Accreditation by the IAC certifies that the Western Connecticut Medical Group, Vascular Surgery has voluntarily undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing the high quality patient care, which are in compliance with national standards. These standards are evaluated through a comprehensive application process which includes a detailed review of selected patient procedures.

"This accreditation marks the culmination of the tireless efforts on the part of our vascular surgery team and serves as an affirmation of our commitment to maintaining excellence in health care delivery," said Dahlia Plummer, M.D., Medical Director, Vein Center.

More than one half of Americans age 50 and older are affected by varicose veins. Varicose veins occur when the valves in the leg veins no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs. In some cases, this condition progresses to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

Whether to relieve symptoms and/or improve appearance, treating varicose veins can be performed by vein centers that specialize in the evaluation and management of superficial venous disorders. There are many facets that contribute to a positive patient outcome; successful treatment of the venous disorder, the training and experience of the vein specialist performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure.

IAC accreditation is a "seal of approval" that patients can trust. It is an indication that the vein center's processes and procedures have been carefully evaluated by medical experts specializing in the treatment and management of superficial venous disorders.

About the IAC

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to superficial venous disorders, which include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and ultrasound technologists.

Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. With this recent affiliation, the organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit TheNewWCHN.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.