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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Earns Laboratory Exemplary Status Accreditation from American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Released November 10, 2021

-Also Announces Appointment of Dr. Andrew Abdou as Electrodiagnostic Director-

(White Plains, NY, November 10, 2021) – Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has announced it recently earned Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation with Exemplary Status from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). By achieving this highest level of AANEM accreditation, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital has demonstrated clinical excellence in

Electrodiagnostic (EDx) medicine and confirmed its commitment to providing the finest quality rehabilitative healthcare.

In addition to the accreditation, Burke announces that Dr. Andrew Abdou has been appointed the Director of the EDx Service. Dr. Abdou has been the primary faculty physician providing inpatient and outpatient EDx for evaluation of neuromuscular disorders. He also serves as the core faculty for the EDx training of resident physicians and received the Teacher of the Year Award in June 2021 from the Burke Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program. In his expanded role, he will oversee the quality and policy of the EDx service at Burke.

During the past three years, Burke has increased its EDx services with three board-certified Electrodiagnostic Medicine physicians: Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mooyeon Oh-Park, Dr. Benjamin Seidel, and Dr. Abdou. These physicians diagnose critical illness neuropathy/myopathy, polyneuropathy, traumatic nerve injuries, radiculopathies, and entrapment neuropathies.

“The Electrodiagnostic Laboratory at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital/Montefiore Rehabilitation Medicine serves a unique and valuable role in the evaluation of neuromuscular disorders for our inpatients and outpatients,” noted Dr. Abdou. “Electrodiagnostic testing provides information about diseases of the muscles and nerves by recording electrical activity and measuring the speed and degree of electrical activity in these tissues. This testing is highly specialized and not commonly available in physicians’ offices.”

Burke maintains the only AANEM-accredited EDx laboratory in Westchester County and is one of only 27 such labs in New York State.

EDx Laboratory Accreditation acknowledges maintaining the highest level of quality, performance, and integrity based on AANEM’s professional standards. These standards evaluate diagnostic services and clinical operations essential to providing quality patient care, such as:

  • Clinical staff qualifications and continuing education
  • Physical facilities
  • EDX equipment
  • Protocols for performing EDX studies
  • Patient reports
  • Policies for ensuring the health and safety of every patient

According to AANEM Executive Director Shirlyn A. Adkins, JD, “We commend Burke Rehabilitation Hospital for making the commitment to becoming accredited. Taking this step demonstrates their dedication to ensuring patients are receiving the best possible care.”

About Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a not-for-profit acute rehabilitation hospital in White Plains, NY. Founded in 1915 through an endowment from philanthropist John Masterson Burke, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to adult rehabilitation medicine. Burke is a member of the Montefiore Health System, Inc. The hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury, or surgery. For additional information, please visit burke.org.

 

 

 

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