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BRMC earns echocardiography accreditation

Posted on: 03/08/2016

printed in the Bradford Era - 3/9/16


Bradford Regional Medical Center, member hospital of Upper Allegheny Health System, has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in echocardiography in the areas of adult transesophageal and adult transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

   “We have been an accredited echocardiography department for the past nine years. This reaccreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality patient care,” said Tina George, manager, imaging services, BRMC.

   Accreditation by the IAC means that BRMC 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.

   Echocardiography procedures can often detect early signs of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases although there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. 

   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. Patients can learn more about accreditation status by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients/htm.

   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. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities because for many facilities, accreditation remains a voluntary process.

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