Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s Echocardiograph Lab Receives National Accreditation
West Philadelphia, PA (January 21, 2011)- The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) has awarded full accreditation to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s (MPH) Echocardiography Laboratory.
According to ICAEL, this accreditation indicates that MPH’s Echocardiography Laboratory is one of a growing number of echocardiography laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.
The accreditation process reviews every aspect of the laboratory’s daily operations and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. During the accreditation application process laboratories are required to identify and correct potential problems, revise protocols and validate their quality assurance programs.
“This accreditation recognizes Mercy Philadelphia Hospital’s continued commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality diagnostic testing to our community,” said MPH Chief Executive Officer, Kathryn Conallen.
One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiac structure and flow information provided by echocardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease.
The ICAEL was established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) to provide peer review mechanisms to encourage and recognize provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation.
A non-profit organization, the ICAEL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care and to promoting health care.