Two Methodist Hospitals Earn Accreditation in Echocardiography

Published On 05/14/2013

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

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 life threatening heart disorders and other cardiovascular diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures. Echocardiography, or echo, is a simple test that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart. These pictures show the size and shape of your heart. They also show how well your heart’s chambers and valves are working.

Accreditation by the IAC means that these two hospitals have undergone a thorough review of their 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 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 relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography.