Published on June 15, 2016

North Kansas City Hospital Receives Nuclear Medicine Accreditation 

IAC PETNuclear cardiology procedures can detect heart disorders and stroke earlier and more accurately than other procedures. With the recent three-year accreditation of North Kansas City Hospital’s nuclear medicine program, Northland residents have a another level of reassurance for high quality patient care. The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission approved accreditation in the areas of myocardial perfusion imaging and positron emission tomography (PET).

To earn the IAC’s seal of approval, North Kansas City Hospital completed a rigorous application and review process that involved a thorough evaluation of every aspect of its nuclear medicine program, including physicians, staff, equipment and level of patient care.

“Staff experience, technology and quality assessment metrics all factor into a successful nuclear medicine program,” said Michael Graves, senior director of cardiovascular services and staffing operations at North Kansas City Hospital. “Internally, we knew we had a strong program. National accreditation validates the hard work our staff does every day to ensure positive patient outcomes.”

Nuclear cardiology uses noninvasive methods to evaluate blood flow, the heart’s pumping function and the size and location of a heart attack. Myocardial perfusion imaging is the most commonly used technique.

IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community for its detailed evaluations of the critical operations and technical aspects of healthcare facilities.  

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. The hospital serves the community with 451 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees, and 520 physicians representing 46 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to home health and hospice services, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs and advanced cancer treatment options, including world-class care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of physician practices in the Northland, with 135 physicians and advanced practitioners in 30 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty and Gladstone Hy-Vee stores. 

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses.  

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