June 11, 2020
Jacksonville, FL – Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville has been granted another three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area(s) of Adult Transthoracic. This latest accreditation awarded to Memorial demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.
“Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions,” said Ramon Castello, MD, Medical Director of the Memorial Echocardiography Laboratory and past president of the IAC. “We are proud to earn reaccreditation from the IAC as we continue to raise the bar in heart health care for northeast Florida patients.”
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.
There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics we are required to measure, all these contribute to a positive patient outcome.
Accreditation by the IAC means that Memorial has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be compliant with the published standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the hospital to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.
“We know that having an IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement,” said Dr. Castello.
IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
About Memorial Hospital
Memorial Hospital is a full service, acute care, Level II Trauma hospital with 454 inpatient beds and freestanding emergency rooms serving northeast Florida. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Memorial was the first hospital in the Nation to achieve Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification in Sepsis, and is core accredited by the Joint Commission’s Certificate of Distinction for Hip and Knee. Memorial is ranked as one of top hospitals in the country for heart, lung and surgical care. For more information about us, visit: MemorialHospitalJax.com.