The Blue Mountain Health System's Cardiac Care Center was recently granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL) for its nuclear cardiology laboratory. The Center was recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, approximately five and a half million stress nuclear cardiology studies are performed in the United States. "Nuclear cardiology studies determine if there is adequate blood flow and pump function of the heart and vessels during activity versus at rest. As a result, physicians are able to detect the presence of cardiovascular disease," says Susan Strauss, director of the health system's Cardiac Care Center.

Co-medical directors of the Blue Mountain Health System's Cardiac Care Center are William Markson, M.D. and Ronald Stein, M.D, both board-certified cardiologists. "Nuclear cardiology testing is a complex imaging technique and it relies on the experience, training and collaboration of the physician and technologists. Their interpretative and technical abilities determine the diagnostic accuracy of the examination. The ICANL's accreditation program evaluates the quality of these and other critical elements of a nuclear cardiology laboratory. It is a great achievement for the Center. You can go to the larger hospitals for this type of test, but you are not going to get better quality nor as quick a result," says Markson.

Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

The Blue Mountain Health System Cardiac Care Center is located in the Carbon Plaza Mall on Route 443 in Lehighton.