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Providence Pediatric and Congenital Echocardiography Labs Earn IAC Accreditation

November 30, 2017

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Spokane, WA—Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Pediatric and Congenital Echocardiography Lab located in Spokane, and at clinics in Moses Lake and Richland, have been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area(s) of Pediatric Transthoracic.

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. It indicates that Sacred Heart and the Providence clinics in Moses Lake and Richland have undergone an intensive application and review process and have demonstrated a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography.

The IAC accreditation process includes a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, and enables both the critical operational and technical components of the facility to be assessed.

An echocardiogram is a noninvasive ultrasound study commonly used to evaluate heart structure and function. Each year more than 35,000 infants in the United States are born with congenital heart defects, making it the most common type of birth defect. It is also the most critical, as congenital heart defects cause more deaths during the first year of life than any other birth defect. Over the past few decades, however, diagnosis and treatment has improved, allowing almost all affected children to not only grow into adulthood, but to thrive.

In addition to IAC accreditation, the Providence Adult and Teen Congenital Heart Program (PATCH) at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital recently received accreditation from the Adult Congenital Heart Association. It is one of the first 11 centers in the country to be accredited by the nationwide organization focused on connecting patients, family members and health care providers to form a community of support and network of experts with knowledge of congenital heart disease.