FMC Receives Echocardiography Accreditation By IAC

The Fairfield Medical Center Echocardiography Lab has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

FMC ReceivesEchocardiography Accreditation By IAC“We are proud of this achievement because it shows how we hold ourselves up to the highest standards of care,” said John R. “Jack” Janoso, Jr., FMC president and CEO. “Furthermore, our patients see how committed we are to their care by receiving this high honor.”

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.

Accreditation by the IAC means that FMC 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 the seal of approval that patients can rely on,” said Jeremy Buckley, M.D., FMC interventional cardiologist. “It’s a way of validating all of our staff’s hard work and dedication and is an ongoing process that we will continue to strive for every three years.”

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

FMC, a regional leader in advanced cardiac care, performed 16,130 cardiology procedures in 2014, including 1,714 catheterizations.

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