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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.