Jersey Shore University Medical Center Earns National Seal of Approval in Echocardiography

November 18, 2021

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center was recently granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in the area of adult transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). This milestone demonstrates the academic medical center’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography as well as ongoing leadership in all diagnostic testing. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

Heart disease is the #1 and stroke is the #4 cause of death in New Jersey. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds. Echocardiography performed in a high quality lab is critically important to the diagnosis and management of heart disease and stroke. IAC accreditation is part of the process to ensure patients are getting the best care possible.

“Echo is a window to the beating heart through which we can see how the heart functions to meet the body’s demand. We look for heart muscle function and examine the valve structures in the heart. With advances in the past decade, we have new ways to measure heart function to guide therapies and help improve the outcomes of our patients,” said cardiologist Lance Berger, M.D., FACC, medical director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “The accreditation process demonstrates the commitment to quality of the dozens of sonographers and physicians who are dedicated to the best patient care possible.”

Accreditation by the IAC means that Jersey Shore University Medical Center has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the national standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

For many years, Jersey Shore has been one of the leading hospitals in the state to perform diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures. “I’m proud of our cardiovascular teams’ efforts to provide our patients the best cardiac care and experience at our medical center,” said Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, president and chief hospital executive, Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

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