Premier Health Facilities Earn Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography Accreditation

DAYTON, Ohio (December 6, 2021) – Three Premier Health facilities have achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area of adult transthoracic.

Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville, and Premier Cardiovascular Institute in Beavercreek were recently granted a three-year term of accreditation by the IAC.

“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,” said Muhanad Al-Zubaidi, MD, medical director at Premier Cardiovascular Institute. “This accomplishment shows Premier Health’s commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography.”

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular conditions using high-frequency soundwaves.

“There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography,” said Mike McKewen, director of cardiovascular and respiratory services at Miami Valley Hospital. “The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used, and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure - all contribute to a positive patient outcome.”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease, which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

Accreditation by the IAC means that Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital South, and Premier Cardiovascular Institute in Beavercreek have undergone an intensive application and review process and are found to be compliance with the published 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. 

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