Crozer-Chester Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine Achieves Accreditation - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on April 14, 2016

Crozer-Chester Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine Achieves Accreditation

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Katrina Stier
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Justin Stowens, M.D., RDMS, FAAEM, director of Emergency Ultrasound, Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Justin Stowens, M.D., director of Emergency
Ultrasound, Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Crozer-Chester Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine recently achieved a three-year accreditation by the Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program (CAUP). This national accreditation comes from the American College of Emergency Physician’s (ACEP) oversight body for point of care ultrasound and education.

Accreditation requires a defined and measurable commitment to quality, safety and program implementation clinical ultrasound in an emergency setting. Accredited institutions are evaluated on a recurrent schedule to assure continued quality.

“It is exciting to report that after the recent review process, we have been granted full accreditation by CAUP. The accreditation is a testament of the team’s hard work and achieving a higher level of care every year,” says Justin Stowens, M.D., director of Emergency Ultrasound at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “This really defines a new standard of care for emergency departments across the nation and makes me proud to be serving in an institution dedicated to such a high level of patient oriented care.”

“Accreditation is an excellent way to convey to our patients, colleagues and hospital administration that our ultrasound program is top notch and continues to grow to meet the highest standards set forth by both ACEP and the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) ,” says Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine for Crozer-Keystone Health System.

The CUAP has been developed as ACEP has recognized the ever-growing applications for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). As the use of ultrasound has become mainstream in clinical medicine, a need has emerged to promulgate and support national standards for clinical ultrasound programs as detailed in the American College of Emergency Physicians' Ultrasound Guidelines.

This program includes standards in the areas of administration of ultrasound programs, education and training of health care providers, performing and interpreting ultrasound examinations, equipment management, transducer disinfection/safety, image acquisition and retention, and confidentiality and privacy.

ACEP, founded in 1968, is the largest of the Nation’s colleges of Emergency Physicians. The organization set out to educate and train physicians in emergency medicine and to provide quality emergency care in the nation’s hospitals. The organization today counts approximately 31,000 of the country's approximately 63,000 practicing emergency physicians, emergency medicine residents and medical students as members. Its policies, leadership and advocacy shape the state of Emergency Medicine in America today.

Crozer-Keystone provides state-of-the-art emergency care to nearly 120,000 patients at four emergency departments throughout Delaware County. Crozer-Chester Medical Center also offers the Crozer Regional Trauma Center, the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center and specialized care for children and seniors. Learn more at www.crozerkeystone.org/emergency.

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