Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Outpatient and Acute Care Center Receive Accreditation for Echocardiography Laboratories
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital July 25, 2006
LAKE FOREST, IL – Echocardiography labs at both Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and its Outpatient & Acute Care Center in Grayslake have been granted accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiology Laboratories (ICAEL). They are among the first 1,000 such labs in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for their commitment to high-quality patient care in performing tests that can help detect and manage many types of heart disease.
“Receiving accreditation from the ICAEL is a significant accomplishment for us,” said Bonnie Wright, RDCS, senior cardiac sonographer. “It demonstrates to our patients and our community that Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is committed to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.”
Participation in the accreditation process, which includes a peer-review mechanism, is voluntary. Facilities seeking accreditation also must submit a case study to ICAEL to be considered.
“Prior to the formation of the ICAEL, there was no way for patients to measure the quality of the services they were receiving. They knew how long they waited and if they were treated nicely,” said Wright . “This goes way beyond that and gives them the assurance that experts in this field have reviewed all of our lab operations, including the training and credentials of both the medical and technical staff, quality of the imaging equipment used and verification that safe and comprehensive exam protocols are followed.”
The ICAEL, a non-profit organization, was established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. Echocardiography, a noninvasive imaging technique, has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with an estimated 10 million tests performed annually in the U.S.