Vein Center Earns Reaccreditation

October 15, 2020

The vein center at Mercy Hospital South earned reaccreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission by meeting its rigorous standards. Mercy South was the first and remains the only vein center in the St. Louis area to earn the commission’s accreditation.

More than half of Americans age 50 and older are affected by varicose veins. Varicose veins occur when the valves in the leg veins no longer function, causing blood to pool in the legs. In some cases, this condition progresses to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency. Whether to relieve symptoms and/or improve appearance, treating varicose veins can be performed by vein centers that specialize in the evaluation and management of superficial venous disorders.

There are many factors that contribute to accurate vein treatment and management. The training and experience of the vein specialist performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcomes. Commission accreditation is a seal of approval that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and dedication to continuous improvement.

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Mercy Vein Center – 10012 Kennerly has been granted another three-year accreditation in the area of superficial venous treatment and management.

“As the first and only accredited vein center in the area, we are pleased to be able to demonstrate to our patients the dedication of every one of our team members to providing high quality vein care,” said Dr. Christopher Allen, medical director of the Mercy Vein Center. “The care we provide is focused on alleviating the medical conditions caused by varicose veins.”

Accreditation by the commission indicates that Mercy Vein Center has undergone an intensive application and review process and was found to be in compliance with the published standards, demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vein treatment and management. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation and a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

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