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Vein Center first in Alabama to receive IAC accreditation

August 29 , 2016

The Vein Center recently earned the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) seal of approval. It is the first accredited vein center in Alabama.

IAC says it grants accreditation “only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including a detailed review of selected patient procedures.”

Huntsville Hospital Director of Cardiology Services Josh Hewiett said the Vein Center began pursuing accreditation more than a year ago.

“The IAC is very stringent on procedural standards,” said Hewiett. “You know if you’re going to an accredited vein center that it’s a high-quality facility.”

The Vein Center is part of Huntsville Hospital Heart Center’s new Vascular and Vein Center. The Vein Center offers radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy and phlebectomy procedures to treat varicose and spider veins. Cardiologist Michael Ridner, MD, is the medical director.

The accreditation is specifically for the Vein Center’s treatment of varicose veins. Varicose veins occur when the valves in leg veins stop functioning properly, causing blood to pool in the legs. Left untreated, varicose veins can lead to a more serious condition called chronic venous insufficiency.