GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that several of its cardiology practices have received echocardiography accreditation from Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
In addition to already accredited locations, the following North Shore-LIJ cardiology practices have recently received echocardiography accreditation from the IAC: North Shore-LIJ Medical Group in Whitestone; North Shore-LIJ Medical Group in Garden City; Citi Cardiac Care in Jamaica Estates; The Cardiology Group in Great Neck and RSC Cardiology in Great Neck.
The IAC echocardiography accreditation ensures the highest quality standards are met for cardiac tests that include adult echocardiography, adult stress tests using echocardiography and transthoracic echocardiograms. An echocardiogram is a cardiac test that uses sound waves to get images of the heart and blood vessels. These diagnostic tests are valuable in determining risks to the heart and aid in diagnosing heart disease and defects. Useful echocardiograms require facilities to have high-quality equipment and skilled personnel performing the test.
“As a result of the IAC accreditations, patients who seek medical treatment at North Shore-LIJ cardiology practices should feel confident that they are receiving the highest caliber of care and that our practices follow strict standards,” said Stanley Katz, MD, senior vice president of cardiovascular services, chairman of the department of cardiology and executive director of cardiac services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
Heart disease has had an enormous impact on the nation. One American dies about every 40 seconds as a result of cardiovascular disease, according to the IAC.
The IAC, which is based in Ellicott City, MD, certifies various healthcare programs and practices in areas including nuclear/PET, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and vascular testing. IAC accreditations are for a three-year term. To achieve this accreditation, these facilities studied the IAC’s standards and underwent a stringent reviewal process by both the facilities’ staff and the IAC board of directors.