Baptist Health facilities receive national accreditation for heart imaging services
October 2, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Health adult hospitals and outpatient cardiac testing facilities have received national accreditation when it comes to imaging the heart.
Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Baptist Medical Center South and Baptist Medical Center Nassau received three-year echocardiography accreditation in three areas.
The areas accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) include adult transthoracic echocardiography (ultrasound imaging through the chest wall), adult transesophageal echocardiography (imaging of the heart by way of the esophagus) and adult stress testing applying ultrasound imaging of the heart obtained before and after walking on a treadmill.
"The certification means that all echo cardiac imaging at Baptist facilities follow the highest quality standards set forth by the IAC. In addition, all the cardiologists who interpret the studies have met additional requirements to improve diagnostic accuracy and quality,” said Ruple Galani, MD, cardiologist with Baptist Heart Specialists and Baptist Health lead physician director for the accreditation. “We are only one of eight health systems in the state to receive all three certifications.”
IAC accreditation means the four Baptist hospitals have 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 provide 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 the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography.
Outpatient locations, Baptist Clay Medical Campus and cardiac testing centers at Baptist Beaches in the Links building and Baptist South in the Medical Office Building, also received accreditation in the areas of adult transthoracic and adult stress. The cardiac testing centers at the Baptist Pavilion, Baptist Howard Building and Baptist University location were accredited in the area of adult transthoracic.
Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ 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.