Evangelical Community Hospital’s Echocardiography Service Earns Reaccreditation

September 08, 2020

Evangelical Community Hospital’s Echocardiography service recently earned reaccreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The accreditation is for both the Hospital and Selinsgrove Imaging Center, located at 21 Susquehanna Valley Mall Dr, Selinsgrove.

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

Both the Hospital and the Selinsgrove Imaging Center have been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the IAC. The Hospital is reaccredited in the areas of Adult Transthoracic, the most common type of echocardiogram, which is a still or moving image of the internal parts of the heart using ultrasound and for Adult Stress Echocardiography. The Selinsgrove Imaging Center is accredited in the area of Adult Transthoracic.

These latest reaccreditations demonstrated Evangelical’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

Accreditation by IAC indicates that Evangelical and the Selinsgrove Imaging Center have undergone an intensive application and review process and have been found to be in compliance with the published standards. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

For more information on imaging services available at the Hospital and Selinsgrove Imaging Center, visit www.evanhospital.com.

About Evangelical
Evangelical is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties.

About the IAC
The IAC is a nonprofit organization in operation to evaluate and accredit facilities that provide diagnostic imaging and intervention-based procedures, thus improving the quality of patient care provided in private offices, clinics, and hospitals where such services are performed. The IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular catheterization. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. Committed to its mission through a rigorous peer review process, the IAC has granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites since its inception in 1991. To learn more about IAC, visit intersocietyal.org.

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