Samaritan echocardiography labs earn national accreditation

May 1,2013
The echocardiography laboratories of the Cardiopulmonary Department of Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital recently received accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission-Echocardiography.

This accreditation follows thorough reviews of operational and technical practices, as well as case studies, by a panel of experts. The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing the highest-quality patient care and in strict compliance with national standards.

“This represents a seal of approval that patients can rely on to know our facilities have been carefully critiqued on all aspects of operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of adult echocardiography,” said sonographer Jeff Gerig of the SHVI Cardiopulmonary Department.

Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography.

An echocardiogram is a non-invasive procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to view all four chambers of the heart, the heart valves, the great blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, blood flow, as well as the sac around the heart.

There are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. The skill of the cardiac 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.

For more information on this accreditation, visit intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

For more information on the services mentioned in this article:
Cardiopulmonary Department of Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute
Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital