Echocardiography is an ultrasound guided cardiac diagnostic procedure. It is used to visualize and assess different structures and functions of the heart. It can detect in real time signs and severity of heart disease and other heart problems. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. That’s why accurate heart screenings are so important.
Some factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis with echocardiography are patient history, patient anatomy and size, training and experience of the sonographer and the cardiologist, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure. When a facility receives accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), it is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as indicators of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.
Goshen Hospital Echocardiology Department has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the IAC in adult echocardiography. This demonstrates the hospital’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.
To qualify for accreditation, Goshen Hospital went through an intensive application and review process. The IAC accreditation process also includes detailed self-evaluation, review by medical experts, representative case studies and their corresponding final reports. The mission of the IAC is improving health care through accreditation.