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‘Seal of Approval’

Silver Cross earns echocardiography accreditation

Published: Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 3:00 p.m. CST
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(Photo courtesy of Silver Cross Hospital)
Brendan Casey, manager of Cardiology, Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy; Kathy Barr, echo technician; Parag Jain, M.D., F.A.C.C., medical director of non-invasive cardiology at Silver Cross Hospital; Denise Andersen, lead echocardiography sonographer; Nicole Gora, echo technician; and Jeanne Messick, cardiac sonographer.

NEW LENOX, Ill. — Silver Cross Hospital has received a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Stress, Adult Transesophageal, and Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that Silver Cross Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation 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 facilities like Silver Cross have been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography,” said Parag Jain, M.D., F.A.C.C., Medical Director of non-invasive cardiology at Silver Cross Hospital.

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 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 physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that 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 each critical to quality patient testing.

“We are thrilled to receive such a distinguished recognition by the IAC,” said Denise Andersen, Lead Echocardiography Sonographer for Silver Cross Hospital. “As a result of this exclusive accreditation, patients can be confident that Silver Cross Hospital has made a commitment to continually enhance the quality of the services and programs it provides to our patients.”

When scheduled for an Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

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