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KDMC Echocardiography Laboratory Earns Accreditation

Kathy Cremeans
ASHLAND, KY — The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) recently awarded King’s Daughters Medical Center a 3-year accreditation for its echocardiography laboratory services as a result of a recent survey.

KDMC is the first hospital in the region to earn ICAEL accreditation, which recognizes the medical center’s commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing. Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary.

An echocardiograph (also called an echo test) is a diagnostic exam that determines how well the heart muscle and valves are working. Echo tests are among the many non-invasive cardiology procedures performed at the Heart and Vascular Center. In 2006, KDMC’s Echo Lab performed more than 5,400 echo exams for adults, as well infants and children. Kathy Cremeans serves as manager for the department, which includes eight echo technologists. Cardiologist Zane Darnell, M.D., is medical director of Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing at KDMC.

The ICAEL is a division of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, a national, nonprofit organization that evaluates diagnostic imaging facilities, with the goal of improving the quality of patient care provided in hospitals, clinics and private offices where such medical tests are provided. Many insurance carriers are requiring ICAEL accreditation as a condition for reimbursement.

To learn more about the King’s Daughters Heart and Vascular Center, please call 1-888-377-KDMC, or visit Heart and Vascular Center Home.

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