Bon Secours St. Francis Hospitals Receive Echocardiography Accreditation

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IAC Accreditation Considered the “Seal of Approval” for Patients

Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals.

Non-Invasive Cardiology at both Bon Secours St. Francis hospitals—Downtown and Eastside—have been granted three-year terms of accreditation in Echocardiography in Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that Bon Secours St. Francis Non-Invasive Cardiology 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.

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. When scheduled for an Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed. Patients can learn more by visiting http://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. For more information about the IAC and the accreditation process, visit http://www.intersocietal.org.

About Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
The Mission of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is to bring compassion to healthcare and to be Good Help to Those in Need®, especially those who are poor and dying. As a system of caregivers, we commit ourselves to help bring people and communities to health and wholeness through the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

With innovative technology, we heal the body. With faith, we mend the spirit. We draw from a past that's rich in the healing tradition, while strengthening the future through the guidance and support of the Ministry of Bon Secours and Bon Secours Health System, Inc. For more information, go to http://www.stfrancishealth.org.

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