Cabell Huntington Hospital Neurophysiology Lab Receives Accreditation

The Neurophysiology Lab at Cabell Huntington Hospital has received Laboratory Accreditation status from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). The Neurophysiology Lab analyzes and monitors nervous system function to promote the effective treatment of neurological diseases and conditions. CHH is one of only two neurophysiology labs in the state of West Virginia to receive this designation.

"This designation acknowledges laboratories for achieving and maintaining the highest level of quality, performance and integrity based on professional standards," said Paul Ferguson, MD, board certified neurologist and chair of the Department of Neurology at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. "It is a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate and improve patient care. We are proud to acquire this recognition."

The AANEM established laboratory accreditation criteria for electrodiagnostic laboratories to ensure patients receive quality medical care in a safe environment. Laboratory accreditation provides patients, referral sources and payers with a credible measure to differentiate the laboratory’s quality of care. The accreditation standards evaluate the diagnostic services and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care, which include:

  • Clinical staff qualifications and continuing education
  • Physical facilities
  • Electroneurodiagnostic equipment
  • Protocols for performing Electroneurodiagnostic studies
  • Patient reports
  • Policies for ensuring the health and safety of every patient

AANEM is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and electrodiagnostic medicine. For more information about AANEM, or to learn more about laboratory accreditation, visit www.aanem.org.