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Saint Agnes Hospital Granted Three-Year Term Accreditation in Echocardiology

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IAC recognizes Saint Agnes Hospital's commitment to providing quality patient care and grants hospital three-year term of accreditation.
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08/31/2012

Baltimore, Md. – Saint Agnes Hospital today announced it has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC indicates Saint Agnes 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.

The number one cause of death in the United States is cardiovascular disease. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion. Echocardiography procedures help in the early detection of this disease and other life threatening disorders.

Since 1981, with the founding of the world's first Chest Pain Emergency Department, Saint Agnes Hospital has been a leader in the fight against heart disease. Today, the hospital’s Cardiovascular Institute (inclusive of the Women’s Heart Center) continues to offer the finest cardiovascular care, physicians, and services to patients from Maryland and around the world.

While Echocardiography tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis. 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.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” patients can rely on as an indication 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 and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 314-bed hospital currently undergoing a $200+ million expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Md. and is a full service teaching hospital with residency programs in a number of medical and surgical specialties. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute, Cardiovascular Institute, Maryland Metabolic Institute, Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Women’s & Children’s Health Institute. Saint Agnes pioneered the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services.

About Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
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.

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