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Quality & Safety > Awards & Recognitions > 2012 Echocardiography Lab Receives Renewed Accreditation from IAC
2012 Echocardiography Lab Receives Renewed Accreditation from IAC

2012 Echocardiography Lab Receives Renewed Accreditation from IAC The Licking Memorial Hospital (LMH) Echocardiography Lab was granted re-accreditation in 2012 in the area of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Stress Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).  The IAC reserves this three-year accreditation for facilities that provide quality patient care in compliance with national standards.  A panel of experts completed a thorough review of the LMH Echocardiography Lab’s operational and technical components before granting the re-accreditation.  

 
Echocardiography is an ultrasound procedure that is used in the early detection of life-threatening heart diseases.  Factors such as 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 factors that contribute to quality patient testing.  
 
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.  “We understand the need for excellent heart care in our community, and we take pride in providing excellent cardiovascular services,” said Debbie Young, Vice President Patient Care Services.  “The LMH Echocardiography Lab’s re-accreditation helps provide a heightened level of confidence in the health care that we provide to our patients.” 
 
The LMH Echocardiography Lab was first accredited in 2002.  It was one of the first 240 echocardiography labs in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to receive the recognition.