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Franciscan Health lab recognized as US leader in brain disorder detection

Franciscan Health technologist Connie Keesee monitors a patient’s electroencephalographic testing in this undated photo. (Photo Provided/Franciscan Health)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Franciscan Health Indianapolis announced its electroencephalographic lab earned one of the nation’s highest recognitions as a leader in brain disorder detection and diagnosis. 

The recognition comes from the accreditation board Abret, an organization dedicated to promoting the highest technical and clinical standards for neurodiagnostic technologists and laboratories. 

An electroencephalograph (EEG) is a critical diagnostic tool to catch conditions before they progress.

Sharon Annee, administrative director of orthopedics, spine and neurosciences for Franciscan Health, said in a news release, “We are pleased to receive the accreditation and it underscores the commitment and the professionalism of our EEG technologists and team.”

The accreditation process is long, arduous and stressful. 

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“It took about a year to gather all of the required information,” Bobbi Poore, registered EEG technologist and manager of neurology testing, told News 8. The accrediting agency “required proof of staff credentials and continuing education records as well as departmental policies including infection control and quality improvement policies.” 

Brain disorders, also known as neurological disorders, can range from epilepsy to dementia, and abnormal bleeding to brain tumors. Tens of thousands of people are affected by brain disorders in the U.S. The brain is the most complex organ of the body. When the brain is compromised, all other body systems are affected.

“Our technologists always work to do their best by keeping up on the changing field, and this is another way to recognize their hard work and dedication to the field of neurodiagnostics,” Poore said. “Any (patient) undergoing an EEG in our facility will not only be tested using the best technology, but will also receive the most compassionate care, which is sacred to Franciscan Health’s mission.” 

Photo caption: Franciscan Health technologist Connie Keesee monitors a patient’s EEG testing.

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