Saint Michael's Medical Center

Saint Michael’s Medical Center Receives Echocardiograph Accreditation

Every 39 seconds, an adult dies from a cardiovascular disease such as a heart attack or stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The use of Echocardiography— a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle—makes early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases possible. In this test, the ultrasound waves rebound, or echo, off the heart and show the size, shape and movement of the heart’s valves and chambers as well as the flow of blood through the heart. An echocardiograph may also show abnormalities such as poorly functioning heart valves or damage to the heart tissue.

Home to the renowned Heart and Vascular Institute, Saint Michael’s Medical Center (SMMC) received three-year accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that SMMC underwent a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to facilities found to provide quality patient care in compliance with national standards, through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

“This accreditation demonstrates that Saint Michael’s Medical Center has met the rigorous requirements by the IAC in regard to all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography,” said David A. Ricci, president and CEO, SMMC.

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. In fact, Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers.

“There are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing,” said Irvin D. Goldfarb, M.D., FACC, medical director, Non-Invasive Cardiology, SMMC. “ 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. Our accreditation by the IAC proves that we are meeting all standards for providing the most accurate diagnoses.”