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Published on October 13, 2011

Palos One of Two in Illinois to Receive Exemplary Electrodiagnostic Lab Accreditation

The Electrodiagnostic (EMG/EDX) Laboratory at Palos Community Hospital is one of two in Illinois and one of only 30 in the United States to receive Exemplary Laboratory Accreditation status from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).

“I am excited for Palos to receive AANEM Exemplary Laboratory Accreditation status,” explained Dr. Ronald Mochizuki, Medical Director of Physical/Occupational Therapy at Palos Community Hospital. “This is a prestigious honor that affirms the excellent work we have been doing for many years on behalf of our patients.”

Board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians at Palos Community Hospital utilize the EMG/EDX Lab in the diagnosis, management and treatment of problems related to the nerves, muscles and bones that affect how you move and function. They are board-certified in both rehabilitation medicine and electrodiagnosis.

Exemplary Status is the highest level of accreditation an EMG/EDX laboratory can achieve under the AANEM Accreditation Program. To be awarded this honor, physicians performing studies in the lab must:

  • Have completed a neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program; and
  • Have completed a minimum of three months of training in EMG/EDX medicine as part of a residency or fellowship program; and
  • Be certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM), or by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in clinical neurophysiology, or by the ABPN/American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in neuromuscular disease.

The AANEM established laboratory accreditation criteria for electrodiagnostic (EMG/EDX) laboratories to ensure patients receive quality medical care in a safe environment. Laboratory accreditation provides patients and referral sources with a credible measure to differentiate the lab’s quality of care. The accreditation standards evaluate the diagnostic services and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care.

AANEM is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostic medicine.

Palos Community Hospital’s long-standing mission has been to provide the highest quality health care available. By combining the medical expertise of highly skilled physicians and nurses with state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive approach to treatment, Palos is committed to delivering world-class medicine in a compassionate and caring environment.