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Release: Oct. 4, 2000
UI echocardiography lab receives accreditation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- UI Heart Care officials announced today that the adult
echocardiography laboratory has received full accreditation from the Intersocietal
Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
The accreditation process involves a self-evaluation of the laboratory service
and the completion of a detailed application, including submission of actual
case studies for review by peer professionals. "The University of Iowa
Hospitals and Clinics echocardiography service is a leading force in the advancement
of imaging technology and high quality patient care," said Richard Kerber,
M.D., medical director of the echocardiography laboratory. "This accreditation
from the ICAEL confirms that status."
The UI Hospitals and Clinics echocardiography service performed 16, 846
examinations last fiscal year. Echocardiography technologists obtain images
of the beating heart that provide information about heart function to assist
cardiologists in diagnosing disorders and planning treatments. "Our sonographers,
nurses and physicians are the ones who earned this accreditation," said
Carol Erenberger, R.N., clinical services manager. "Their efforts have
again reinforced UI Heart Care's status as a proven center of excellence."
ICAEL was founded in 1996 to provide a method for echocardiography laboratories
to evaluate and demonstrate the level of patient care they provide. The organization
helps ensure high quality patient care and promotes health care by encouraging
and recognizing advanced echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations through
a process of voluntary accreditation.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.