J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital's Cardiology Medical Director Vij anakiraman , M.D., F.A.C.C., and Echocardiography Sonographer Heather Magill are proud that the quality of the service they provide cardiac patients at J.C. Blair has been recognized with the prestigious accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. J.C. Blair is one of the few hospitals in the region to earn this accreditation.
J.C. Blair Hospital Echocardiography Lab Awarded Prestigious Accreditation
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physician's offices. Many factors contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician, and quality assurance measures are critical to quality patient testing.
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Department of Echocardiography Laboratory, located in Huntingdon, PA has been awarded a three-year accreditation in echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
"J.C. Blair is one of the few hospitals in the region to earn this accreditation," said Clinical Director of Cardiopulmonary Services Craig Cloud, RRT, CPFT. "This shows our commitment to strive for excellence in service for cardiac patients in our area. The IAC accreditation is very prestigious and difficult to obtain, but possible for J.C. Blair because of the excellent group of cardiologists and clinical staff here."
Accreditation by the IAC means that J.C. Blair's echocardiography program has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC awards accreditations only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
IAC accreditation is a "seal of approval" that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. When scheduling an echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed. Patients can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.
"The accreditation is renewed every three years and requires high level quality assurance monitoring and continued quality improvement analysis which J.C. Blair is committed to maintaining in the future," said Cloud.
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers. Patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because many facilities' accreditation remains a voluntary process.