Fort Walton Beach Medical Center
Echocardiography Laboratory has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area(s) of Adult Transthoracic, the most common type of echocardiogram, which is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one person every 40 seconds. This makes heart disease the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death.
“The IAC accreditation is recognition that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement,” said Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. “Early detection of heart disease is critical and we are extremely honored to be awarded this accreditation which demonstrates our commitment to improving more lives in more ways.”
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 each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. Accreditation by the IAC means that Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Echocardiography Laboratory 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.