BALTIMORE—(January 24, 2014) —In recognition of its high standard of cardiovascular care, MedStar Harbor Hospital’s Echocardiography Lab has received a three-year accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accredited in the area of adult transthoracic echocardiography, this endorsement demonstrates MedStar Harbor’s commitment to the early detection of cardiovascular disease.
MedStar Harbor received accreditation in echocardiography following a voluntary review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts from the IAC. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, affecting nearly 1.5 million Americans each year. But through early detection and diagnosis with the use of echocardiography, cardiovascular disease can be successfully treated and even prevented. Using sound waves to produce images of the heart, echocardiography helps to detect and diagnose possible life-threatening disorders.
IAC accreditation demonstrates MedStar Harbor’s high level of skill and expertise in echocardiography. This third-party validation verifies MedStar Harbor’s adherence to early detection and assures cardiac patients that MedStar Harbor is providing safe, quality care, in compliance with national standards.
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About MedStar Harbor Hospital
For more than a century, MedStar Harbor Hospital has grown alongside the communities it serves in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties. The hospital was first established in 1903 as a small community clinic servicing the waterfront community in Baltimore. More than 100 years later, the 179-bed hospital continues to offer the personal touch of a community hospital while incorporating the excellence of a high technology medical center. It has been the recipient of the Delmarva Foundation’s highest honor, the Excellence Award for Quality for Hospitals, in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
With more than 400 physicians representing 30 medical and surgical specialties, and 1,400 employees, the hospital offers a full range of health care services for patients from infancy through the senior years. MedStar Harbor’s specialty areas include orthopaedics, women’s services, cancer care, diabetes care, fetal assessment, cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, and treatment of chronic lung conditions. The hospital’s continuum of care also includes wellness programs, outpatient services and inpatient treatment.
MedStar Harbor is part of MedStar Health, a non-profit, regional healthcare system with 10 hospitals and more than 20 other health-related services in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy emphasizes service, quality and safety, combining compassionate care and clinical excellence. More than a half-million patients trust their care to MedStar Health each year. medstarhealth.org
About The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting and vein center. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and are all dedicated to one common mission: improving health care through accreditation.
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