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UPMC Chautauqua WCA Cardiology Department Earns Accreditation by the IAC®

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Andrea Gillies, RT, RDCS, lead echocardiography sonographer at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, performs an echocardiogram (also called an echo), a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. The device picks up echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of the heart.

IAC® LogoJAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (Friday, October 27, 2017)—The UPMC Chautauqua WCA Cardiology Department was recently granted a maximum three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC®) in the areas of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Stress Echocardiography.

“This distinction is our seal of approval that patients can be assured that we provide the highest level of patient care and quality in cardiac imaging and testing,” said Tammara LC Hodges, director, UPMC Chautauqua WCA Imaging Services. “I am so proud of our dedicated cardiologists and heart team for this successful accreditation and their passion for advancing cardiac care.”

Accreditation by IAC indicates that UPMC Chautauqua WCA Cardiology Department has undergone an intensive application and review process and found to be in compliance with the published Standards thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

“By demonstrating substantial compliance to the requirements outlined in the IAC Standards, your program has demonstrated a commitment to quality patient care,” said Susan Jenson, RDCS, IAC senior clinical specialist-echocardiography.


About UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Center

The UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Center combines clinical expertise with the latest technology for diagnosis, treatment and recovery of heart (cardiovascular) disease and related disorders.  The WCA Heart Center focuses on prevention as well as emergency care, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, support, and education. 

About IAC

IAC provides accreditation program for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology.  The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission:  Improving health care through accreditation®.  IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers.  



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