The Cardiovascular Testing Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
Approval by the ICAEL demonstrates SOMC’s commitment to quality patient care and assures that the hospital is meeting and exceeding national standards in the field of echocardiography.
“Receiving ICAEL accreditation is a seal of approval that our department has been working to obtain since its inception,” Mary McDaniel, nurse manager of SOMC Cardiovascular Testing, said. “This distinction certifies that we are going above and beyond to provide the best possible heart care to our patients and also recognizes that we are one of the highest quality cardiovascular testing labs in the nation.”
To receive accreditation, laboratories must complete two crucial steps including a detailed self-evaluation and an in-depth case study review by the ICAEL Board of Directors. Many factors are evaluated during the process including physician education and experience, employee certification, quality of patient reporting, quality of equipment, patient volumes, and overall customer service.
“ICAEL accreditation is widely respected and is a major accomplishment for our department and hospital,” Angie Veach, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Cardiovascular Testing, said. “So many elements had to be perfect to make this possible and it’s truly a reflection of our staff members’ and physicians’ dedication to achieving excellence. It was a real team effort and we couldn’t be more proud.”
“The whole process has been an educational journey for SOMC and has not only allowed us to raise the bar for our standard of care, but has given us a chance to make process improvements along the way,” McDaniel added. “Everyone played a key role in making this possible and we are so thankful for their contributions.”