Friday, July 12, 2013

Loyola's Fetal Assessment Center Accredited by American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Health System’s Fetal Assessment Center has received a three-year accreditation from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

The center achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation; storage and record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and interpretation of the sonograms the practice performs.

“This is a major accomplishment,” said Jean Goodman, MD, division director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Loyola. “AIUM certification sets us apart from many other centers, and is an example of our commitment to providing excellent care."

The certification application process was led by Paula Melone, DO, assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Jean Carr, ultrasound clinical coordinator.

AIUM is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9,200 physicians, sonographers and scientists dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research and development of guidelines and accreditation.

Loyola’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists provide evaluations for women who are looking to conceive and for those who have complications during pregnancy. High-risk factors can include women who are carrying multiples or medical concerns with the baby or mother. Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists provide advanced, specialized testing, diagnostic services and genetic counseling to manage complications of pregnancy. Physicians in the division work in conjunction with neonatologists, geneticists, obstetrical anesthesiologists and general obstetricians to provide comprehensive care to mothers before delivery.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.