Echocardiography Program Receives Recognition


Munson Medical Center’s Echocardiography program was recently recognized by IAC Echocardiography with Bronze Milestone Recognition for its long-term commitment to continuously improving patient outcomes and safety.

The hospital received the Bronze Milestone Recognition for its 20 years of accreditation by the organization. IAC is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and accredits facilities that provide diagnostic imaging and interventional -based procedures.
Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious cardiovascular condition. On average, one American dies every 34 seconds of cardiovascular disease.

IAC accreditation assesses many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. Facilities that achieve accreditation demonstrate they provide a high quality of patient care.

Cardiologist Anne Hepner, M.D., helped pioneer the echocardiography program at the hospital and served for many years as its medical director.

“The Echo program has grown dramatically over the years due to the dedication of our amazing staff,” Dr. Hepner said. “We have been blessed with sonographers with attention to detail and a desire to take on new technology to support our structural heart and cardiothoracic surgery programs. This award is a tribute to all who have contributed.”
Every three years, IAC accredited facilities undergo an intensive application and review process to re-earn accreditation.

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to delivering safe, effective, and compassionate care using accreditation as a quality metric,” said Mary Lally, IAC CEO.

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