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Decatur Memorial Hospital Echocardiography Laboratory Receives Reaccreditation

 

Decatur, Ill… Decatur Memorial Hospital Heart & Lung Institute’s Echocardiography Laboratory was recently granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Transesophageal by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that the Decatur Memorial Hospital Heart & Lung Institute Echocardiography Laboratory 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.

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.

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 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.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Echocardiography, which includes physicians and sonographers.

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH is a 280-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 12 state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence which focus on proven quality healthcare. DMH has been recognized as a 2012 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Thomas Reuters. For more information, call 217-876-2850.