Methodist University Hospital and Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital Earn Echocardiography Accreditation

Published On 10/01/2013

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Echocardiography is a safe, noninvasive test that enables early detection of serious cardiovascular diseases.

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital and Methodist University Hospital have been granted accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

“Earning IAC accreditation in echocardiography signifies we have a knowledgeable team of professionals who maintain a consistent track record of excellence in diagnosing heart disease using echocardiography,” explains Dr. Beverly Danley, medical director for the Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital Echocardiography Laboratory.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more men and women die from cardiovascular diseases than any other disease. That’s one in every four deaths.

Early detection of serious cardiovascular diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography. An echocardiogram, or echo, is a safe, noninvasive test that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart. These pictures show the size and shape of the heart. They also show how well the heart’s chambers and valves are working.

Accreditation by the IAC means that a panel of experts has reviewed the operational and technical components of these two echocardiography labs, including detailed case study reviews by those experts. The IAC grants accreditation for three years, after which all labs must reapply and re-qualify for accreditation.

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 important to patient care by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is proud to add these two facilities to its list of accredited echocardiography labs which also includes Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Methodist Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center.