Florida Hospital Waterman awarded echocardiography accreditation
Cardio diagnostics department receives a three-year accreditation
TAVARES, Fla. (July 24, 2014) - Florida Hospital Waterman’s Cardiac Diagnostics lab has been recognized for its Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography services by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The Cardiac Diagnostics lab is the only hospital lab in the Central Florida that is designated as IAC Accredited. The three-year term accreditation was awarded after a rigorous review of operational and technical components by a panel of experts, and by demonstrating its ongoing compliance with national standards of quality patient care.
“Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures,” Jenn English, BSN, RN, Manager of Non-Invasive Cardiology, Florida Hospital Waterman. “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.”
Echocardiography, or echo, is a test that uses sound waves to create a detailed picture of the heart. The picture allows cardiologists to see how well the heart's chambers and valves are functioning, and how well the heart is pumping blood. The echo can help pinpoint any areas of heart muscle that aren't contracting well because of poor blood flow or injury from a previous heart attack, as well as identify any abnormalities in the heart’s size or shape.
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 some private insurers.
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About Florida Hospital Waterman
Florida Hospital Waterman is a 269-bed, full-service community hospital located in the heart of Lake County. Founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman, president of the Waterman Fountain Pen Company, the hospital has grown from an 18-bed facility to a leading provider of acute and home health services in Central Florida. The hospital joined the Adventist Health System in 1992, and moved to its current location in 2003. With more than 1,500 employees and nearly 280 physicians on its medical staff, the hospital treats more than 14,000 inpatients a year and treats nearly 50,000 patients in its Emergency Department annually.