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KDMC achieves echocardiography re-accreditation

Echocardiography is one of the leading tools in the diagnosis of heart disease, with more than 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States.

Because cardiologists and other healthcare providers rely on echocardiograms to make treatment decisions, it is essential they are performed by highly trained technologists using state-of-the-art equipment. Accreditation is one way patients – and providers – can be sure they are receiving quality services.

King’s Daughters Medical Center recently received re-accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Labs (ICAEL). King’s Daughters echocardiography services have been accredited since 2007.

“Although accreditation is voluntary, the process of outside evaluation gives providers and patients an additional measure of confidence in the services we’re providing,” said Kathy Cremeans, director of cardiac imaging for King’s Daughters. The ICAEL accreditation covers echocardiography services in Ashland and Grayson as well as those provided through the KDMC Mobile Health Unit, Cremeans noted.

The ICAEL was established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography to provide a peer review mechanism for echocardiography services. The ICAEL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care.

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