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Dr. Kristen L Biggs, MD of Los Alamos, recently received word that her Vein Center in Santa Fe has received the distinction of becoming an accredited vein center by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). She is the first vein center in the state to receive the accreditation, and one of three in the nation.
The IAC provides several medical accreditations, with the vein center accreditation being the newest to be offered.
The IAC describes its accreditations as “a ‘seal of approval’ that patients can count on” and requires a thorough examination of the facility, the doctors, employees and the quality of care. For more information on the IAC accreditation process, visit intersocietal.org/vein/main/patients.htm.
As soon as the accreditation was offered last October, Biggs began preparing her submission. She describes a lengthy and time-consuming process, where she had to detail everything from her office policies and procedures to equipment lists, and medical procedures. The mountains of paperwork are then submitted to the IAC where a panel of experts reviews the material. Her facility was scrutinized for quality, medical compliance and safety, and additional accreditations were required in order to complete the process. Her vascular testing center is also accredited by the IAC.
Biggs pursued the accreditation voluntarily in order to further set her vein center apart from others in the area. In addition to being the only accredited vein center in the state, she is also the only female board-certified vascular surgeon in New Mexico who specializes in venous disease. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, followed by a two-year vascular surgery fellowship at UCLA.
In 2008, she moved to Albuquerque to become the Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery at the UNM Hospital. She also served a mentorship as the Associate Program Director of General Surgery and devoted her time in 2010 to the Medical Director of the UNM Vein Center.
Biggs opened her practice in Santa Fe in July 2012, where she offers diagnosis and treatment of venous problems using minimally invasive techniques. She explains that she always took great pride in providing the best quality care for her patients and was already in compliance with many of the standards set forth by the IAC; but she felt the official accreditation would provide patients with an extra level of security in choosing her as their doctor.
In addition to her other credentials, Biggs adds being a wife and mother of three young children, including fraternal twins still under a year old, to her repertoire. She and her husband live on Barranca Mesa. She says they spend their Fridays off together doing things like building a backyard swing set for the kids, or eating lunch at Viola’s.
She credits much of her recent success to her husband, whom she says was instrumental in helping her complete her submission to the IAC. She said that in the final moments when she was going over the last details, her husband dedicated his time to making sure the children were happy.
Biggs’s office is located at 409 St. Michael’s Drive in Santa Fe just a few blocks east of Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. She also offers advanced skincare procedures including dermal fillers and laser resurfacing. For more information, contact 695-7070.
-April M. Brown