St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Receives Nuclear Cardiology Accreditation
Belleville - St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Outpatient Cardiovascular Testing Department has recently been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Cardiology by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). This is the seventh year St. Elizabeth’s has held this accreditation, as St. Elizabeth’s first received this accreditation in 2007. Nuclear Cardiology is often used for early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases.
Accreditation by the IAC means that St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Outpatient Nuclear Cardiology Lab has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts and is providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards. The detailed review included all areas that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Nuclear Cardiology Testing including: the skill of the technologists performing examinations, the type of equipment used, the background knowledge of the interpreting physician and other quality assurance measures.
“As a region leader in cardiac care, we are excited to receive this additional three-year Nuclear Cardiology Accreditation”, said Bonnie Schneider, MS RT, and Director of Cardiovascular Services at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “St. Elizabeth’s IAC “seal of approval” for Nuclear Cardiology procedures ensures that our patients can rely on us to receive region leading, high-quality diagnostic cardiac care.”
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community as illustrated by the support of national medical societies related to Nuclear Cardiology, which include physicians, technologists and medical physicists. Nuclear accreditation is required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and in some cases by private insurers. The IAC encourages patients to inquire about accreditation status before scheduling Nuclear Cardiology examinations at any facility. To learn more about Nuclear Cardiology Accreditations visit, www.intersocietal.org/nuclear/main/patients.htm.
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