FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (February 1, 2012)—Piedmont Fayette Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in the area of`Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are very helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. The skill of the echocardiology sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing
Accreditation by the ICAEL means that Piedmont Fayette Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICAEL 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.
“ICAEL accreditation is a ‘seal of approval’ that patients can rely on as an indication that Piedmont Fayette Hospital has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of our operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography,” said Darrell Cutts, president and CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “ICAEL accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography medicine, which include physicians and sonographers,” he said.
This is the third accreditation Piedmont Fayette Hospital has received from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, which provides facility accreditation programs to ensure quality patient care within a specific medical specialty, including vascular, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology/nuclear medicine/PET, magnetic resonance, computed tomography and carotid stenting.