Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory at MGH Lauded for Exceeding Industry Standards

For immediate release: March 27, 2008

Contact:

Marian Callaway

mcallaway@marylandgeneral.org | 410-225-8352

Maryland Vascular Center plays an integral part in providing quality testing and patient care

Baltimore, MD – The Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory of the Maryland Vascular Center at Maryland General Hospital has been recognized for its commitment to providing the highest level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. The laboratory achieved full accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) in the four major areas of vascular testing. These areas encompass all of the common sites for vascular disease including the arteries to the brain, the arteries and veins of the extremities and the vascular structures of the vital organs of the abdomen.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with a healthcare cost of over $83.7 billion each year in health services, medications and time lost due to disability. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually.

One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Each year 2 million people in the United States alone develop deep vein thrombosis-blood clots in the veins. This affliction becomes life threatening for 500,000 of those people when the blood clots break loose and travel to the lungs.

Early detection of these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within vascular laboratories.

"At the Maryland Vascular Center we are committed to providing the best vascular care in Baltimore from initial evaluations, through non-invasive diagnosis and on to the most advanced therapies available for vascular disease," said Michael Lilly, M.D. chief of surgery and director of The Maryland Vascular Center at Maryland General Hospital. "The Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory is central to achieving this goal, and the lab's recent recertification reaffirms our dedication to success for our patients."

The Vascular Laboratory at Maryland General Hospital is one of a select number of vascular laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to meet or exceed the ICAVL standards for non-invasive vascular testing. During the accreditation process, each aspect of the laboratory's daily operations and its impact on the quality of healthcare provided to patients is assessed and reviewed. While completing the application, laboratories are required to identify and correct potential problems, revise protocols and validate quality assurance programs.

The ICAVL is a non-profit organization established with the support of 11 medical societies including physicians, technologists and sonographers that represent medical specialties including cardiology, neurology, radiology, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine and biology.

Editor's note: To arrange an interview with Dr. Lilly, director of The Maryland Vascular Center at Maryland General Hospital and chief of surgery for Maryland General Hospital, please contact Marian Callaway at 410-225-8352.

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About Maryland General Hospital

Founded in 1881, Maryland General Hospital is a 213-bed urban community teaching hospital and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. Located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the hospital provides healthcare in more than 30 specialties to approximately 110,000 patients annually through inpatient and outpatient care and free health screenings throughout the community.