Baptist Health South Florida

Baptist Health Neuroscience Center Intraoperative Monitoring (IOM) Department receives highest level accreditation from ABRET

February 9, 2018

Program is the first in Florida, one of 27 in the U.S., and one of 30 in the world to achieve this accreditation

MIAMI, FL – February 9, 2018 – The Baptist Health Neuroscience Intraoperative Monitoring (IOM) Department received accreditation from the Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring Laboratory Accreditation Board (LAB-NIOM) of ABRET. The accreditation recognizes the high standards and excellent results of Baptist Health’s IOM team which provides support and feedback to surgeons aimed at preserving nerve function during complex and prolonged surgeries.

The IOM Department is the first program in Florida, one of 27 in the U.S., and one of 30 in the world to receive this accreditation. “We are very proud to be recognized as the only one in Florida,” says Kunal Patel, MS, CNIM, IOM Supervisor, Baptist Health Neuroscience Center. “A close working relationship between the IOM team, the anesthesiologist and the surgeons is key to the success of the program.”

IOM is an integral part of many surgical procedures and is utilized to help minimize neurological damage during surgery. The use of monitoring helps detect intraoperative injuries to prevent significant postoperative impairments.

“Being accredited shows compliance with the well respected ABRET program and validates the integrity of Baptist Health’s program,” says Mr. Patel. “Receiving the accreditation ensures that policies and procedures are in place and meet the standards of care which provides a source of comfort to our patients and surgeons.”

ABRET, has a 50-year history of credentialing technologists and evaluating competency. The organization promotes quality technical and clinical standards world-wide and recognizes through a peer review process, Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (NOIM) Laboratories that comply with established standards and guidelines; have policies and procedures in place that meet its standards of care; and support professionalism and quality patient care.

About Baptist Health Neuroscience Center
Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, a Baptist Health Center of Excellence, offers comprehensive and compassionate treatment for neurological conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. From non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive procedures to complex brain and spine surgery, the Center embraces a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Baptist Health Neuroscience Center is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with ten hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has approximately 18,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF

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