UVA Cardiology at Culpeper Medical Center earns Echocardiography accreditation by IAC
UVA Cardiology, a department of Culpeper Medical Center, recognized for high-quality patient care in detecting life threatening heart disorders
CULPEPER, Va., December 17, 2018– UVA Cardiology, a department of Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, recently received recognition for its Echocardiography services from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The location was granted a three-year term of accreditation.
Cardiovascular diseases - disorders involving the heart and blood vessels - are the leading cause of death in the U.S., contributing to an average of one American death every 39 seconds. Accurately diagnosing these conditions can involve several factors, including echocardiography, which utilizes ultrasound waves to assess the heart and diagnose potentially life-threatening heart disorders.
The training and experience of the technologist, type of equipment used and quality of metrics measured all contribute to positive patient outcomes. The IAC reviews and analyzes all of these factors in its accreditation and reaccreditation decisions, offering three-year terms before reevaluating.
“Our team is passionate about expanding our knowledge and is dedicated to continuously improving our processes to accurately detect heart disorders through echocardiography,” said, Jamieson Bourque, MD, medical director of UVA Cardiology, a department of Culpeper Medical Center. “We consider this accreditation from IAC a ‘seal of approval’ that we consistently offer patients the utmost quality care and treatment, upholding our mission to improve the health of our communities.”
Accreditation from IAC involves a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts. This process assesses both the critical operational and technical components of the facility. Accreditation indicates that Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center UVA Cardiology has undergone this intensive application and review process and was found to be in compliance with published standards.
The IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear medicine/PET, MRI, CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular catheterization. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring and promoting quality patient care supporting one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of more than 40 national medical societies. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. To learn more about IAC, visit intersocietal.org.