According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds. Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions.
There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome.
"This would not be possible without having a team of qualified cardiologist interpreting the studies," said M. Haseeb, MD, FACC, Medical Director of the Echocardiography Lab at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. IAC accreditation is a "seal of approval" that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent high quality care and dedication to continuous improvement.
SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Echo Lab has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic.
Accreditation by the IAC means SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital Echo Lab has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be compliance with the published Standards thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.
"A quality echocardiogram is the best noninvasive modality to assess the global function of the heart. We at Good Samaritan Hospital have the access to the door to your heart!" said Haseeb. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. IAC Echocardiography is supported by the following organizations while operating independently of their activities: American Society of Echocardiography (ASE); Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS); and Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE).
"Our team is a family of highly trained individuals who work very well with our cardiologists to ensure our family does our utmost for your family," said Melinda Heater, Director of the Cardiology Service Line at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. The steps each member of the team went through to assure accreditation is something of which Heater is very proud.
SSM Health in Illinois has IAC Accreditation in Echocardiography at both SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital and SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital, expanding the quality of heart care across the region.
Photo above: From left to right back row: Walter Parham, MD; Ashleigh Becker, RDCS; Fadi Shamsham, MD; Binh Nguyen, DO; Katy Henry, RDCS; Larissa Mercer, RDCS; Avinash Murthy, MD
From left to right front row: Mikah Richardson, RDCS; Melinda Heater, RDCS, RDMS, RVT, RT; Mohammed Haseeb, MD