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01/25/17 - ACMC Health & Rice Memorial Hospital Echocardiography Labs earn Echocardiography reaccreditation by IAC

Pictured is WMS employee, Debbie Baker, RDCS, Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer with the Echocardiography equipment at ACMC in Willmar.

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions. 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 each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. 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.

Rice Memorial Hospital Echocardiography Lab and ACMC Health Echocardiography Lab, both part of Willmar Medical Services, have been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area(s) of Adult Transthoracic. This latest accreditation demonstrates both facilities' ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community. When scheduling an echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to research the accreditation status of the facility.