July 8th, 2010

Great River Pain Clinic recently was accredited by the American Academy of Pain Management. The three-year accreditation recognizes pain-management clinics for meeting the academy's standards of accountability and commitment to continuous quality improvement. Great River Pain Clinic is only the second clinic in Iowa to achieve this accreditation.

A service of Great River Medical Center, Great River Pain Clinic is accredited in the Small Multidisciplinary category, meaning the clinic manages a variety of pain conditions staffed by four or more disciplines all operating in the same organization. The clinic's medical director is neurologist Nidal Alkurdy, M.D.; neurologist Siddharth Kapoor, M.D., also is a member of the clinic's medical staff.

The voluntary accreditation process includes an on-site survey to assure compliance with established peer-reviewed criteria in administrative, personnel and clinical operations. To receive certification, a pain-management clinic must:

  • Have a commitment to quality improvement through a continuous process of evaluating services
  • Maintain policies and procedures that show accountability and distinct organizational practices
  • Provide staff, patients and family members with proper education about pain management
  • Show that patients consistently receive proper pain assessment and management

Great River Pain Clinic is in the Center for Rehab and Clinics on Great River Medical Center's campus in West Burlington, Iowa. For more information about the clinic, call (319) 768-4100.