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Presence Saint Francis Hospital Receives Echocardiography Accreditation by IAC
Evanston, Illinois. (July 12, 2013) – Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. 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.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physician offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. 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.
Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that Presence Saint Francis Hospital 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 we have been carefully critiqued on all aspects of our operations that are considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography,” said Angelique Richard, RN, PhD, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Presence Saint Francis Hospital.
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as demonstrated 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.
About Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service 271-bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is listed as one of Chicago’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s North Shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 400-physician medical staff. Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence. More information is available at http://www.presencehealth.org/stfrancis.
About Presence Health
Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care have joined to form Presence Health, a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit www.presencehealth.org to learn more.