SALINAS, CA, July 25, 2013- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has received a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Echocardiograms are a valuable tool in the diagnosis, management, and follow up of patients with any suspected or known heart diseases.
Accreditation by the IAC means that Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has undergone a through review of its operations and technical components by a panel of experts. 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 critical to quality patient testing. The SVMHS Echocardiography Lab first received accreditation in 2010.
“The initial accreditation and the three-year renewal is a testament to the entire Cardiology team and our long term commitment to quality care, “ says SVMHS Cardiology Department Chair, Timothy Albert, MD. “We achieve the highest level of patient care though self assessment in compliance with national standards though a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.”
Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease. 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.
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has also earned the renewed designation as a Blue Shield/BlueCross Distinction Center for Cardiac Care for 2013-2014. Blue Distinction Centers are part of a national designation program recognizing hospitals that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care, safely and effectively.