Bayhealth’s Cardiac Diagnostic Centers were recently re-accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in nuclear imaging and echocardiography.
Echocardiography, often called “echo,” is an ultrasound of the heart. The images obtained help reveal any abnormalities in or around the heart. Information gathered allows physicians to make sure the heart is functioning correctly and that blood is flowing properly throughout the body.
Patients may be sent to the Echo Lab because they have chest pain, shortness of breath or other cardiovascular symptoms. The images give a detailed picture of what is happening inside the patient’s body. This is an important tool for diagnosis.
Nuclear Imaging at the Cardiac Diagnostic Centers measures blood flow to your heart muscle both at rest and during stress on the heart. It's performed similarly to a routine exercise stress test, but provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and areas of damaged heart muscle.
Accreditation shows a commitment to quality care and verifies that the work in Bayhealth Cardiac Diagnostic Centers adheres to national standards of patient care. The clinical leadership team at the Cardiac Diagnostic Centers includes Dr. Harjinder Grewal, Medical Director of Quality, Samuel Obilie-Mante BSc RDCS RVT, Echocardiography Supervisor, Bonita Fabian RDCS, Lead Echocardiographer and Kimberly Griffiths CNMT, Lead Nuclear Technologist.
IAC’s accreditation process is made up of two steps. First, facilities conduct a detailed self-evaluation using IAC guidelines. The facility must provide information on all aspects of facility operation as well as actual patient case studies for review. The case studies help determine whether the facility complies with IAC standards.
Once the self-evaluation is completed, the documents and case studies are reviewed by the IAC Board of Directors.
Through the accreditation process, facilities examine every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients. While completing the accreditation application, facilities often identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality assurance programs.
Because accreditation is renewed every three years, facilities can develop and maintain a long-term commitment to quality and self-assessment.