UH Echocardiography Earns Re-accreditation

Linda Conkle, lead tech in the Echocardiography Lab, demonstrates how this technology produces images of the heart function, valves, and blood vessels coming in and out of the heart.

Union Hospital’s Echocardiography Laboratory service has gained re-accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for a period of three years.

An echocardiogram is a safe, non-invasive procedure used to examine the heart. It uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to visualize all four chambers of the heart, the heart valves, the blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, as well as the sac around the heart.

Gary Crowthers, Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at UH, says re-accreditation is a requirement for Medicare participation and is a standard of excellence in this testing procedure.

“Our Echocardiography Lab practices and procedures are reviewed and examples of our testing are evaluated by experts around the United States,” Crowthers said. “Accreditation helps assure our patients that they are receiving quality care that meets the highest standards.”

Crowthers credits Linda Conkle of Strasburg, the lead echocardiography technician, for heading the re-accreditation process for the department. He also thanked Dr. Donald Russell, Medical Director of Cardiology and the other cardiology physicians on the UH Medical staff, Mel Hilty and Rebecca Turner, echocardiography technicians, Kristie Hertzell in Health Information Management, and the transcriptionists who prepare the test reports.

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