Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Health: Hospital's Cardiovascular Imaging Center receives new accreditations


The Piedmont Newnan Cardiovascular Imaging Center recently achieved accreditation in two areas of echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Adult transthoracic and adult stress echocardiograms are now accredited tests available at the imaging center.

“Heart care has always been among our top priorities at Piedmont Newnan, and this achievement demonstrates that,” said Michael Bass, president and CEO of Piedmont Newnan.

“Our team has worked hard to make this accreditation happen, and our patients can rest assured knowing we hold ourselves to a higher standard and are constantly looking for ways to improve the care we provide.”

Widely respected within the medical community, IAC accreditation means the Piedmont Newnan Cardiovascular Imaging Center has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts.

The IAC grants accreditation only to facilities found to be providing high quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

“The Piedmont Newnan Cardiovascular Imaging Center staff is to be commended for pursuing excellence in the field of echocardiography,” said Beverly L. Gorman, director of accreditation for echocardiography at the IAC.

“By demonstrating substantial compliance to the requirements outlined in the IAC Standards, the Piedmont Newnan Cardiovascular Imaging Center displays a dedicated commitment to highest quality patient care.”

Many facets contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing, including: the skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examinatio, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician, and the quality assurance measures used.

An echocardiogram uses ultrasound to evaluate the heart muscle, heart valves, and a patient’s risk for heart disease.

Doctors may perform an echocardiogram for a variety of reasons, including: to assess the overall function of the heart; to determine the presence of many types of heart disease; to follow the progress of heart valve disease over time; and to evaluate the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatments.

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