SCRANTON, PA -- Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC) has received three-year accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography from the Intersocietal Accreditation Committee (IAC). This accreditation recognized the high-quality cardiac care available at G-CMC.

A transthoracic echocardiogram is a procedure in which a technician obtains views of the heart by moving a small instrument to different locations on the chest or abdominal wall. The instrument sends sound waves into the chest and can identify potential cardiac problems based on echoes received. The Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography accreditation recognizes that G-CMC meets or exceeds high-quality echocardiography procedural standards set by the IAC.

“Accreditation by the IAC demonstrates that we at G-CMC are delivering high-quality care when testing heart health,” said Stephen Voyce, M.D., chief of cardiology and co-director, the Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute at G-CMC.

“Together with our other cardiovascular services, we’re helping to effectively prevent and treat heart disease,” added Madhava Rao, M.D., director of noninvasive cardiology, the Geisinger Heart and Vascular Institute at G-CMC.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. When scheduling an echocardiogram, patients are encouraged to inquire about the accreditation status of the facility where they will be evaluated.

Cardiovascular disease – any condition of the heart or blood vessels – is the primary cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion. Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures performed within IAC-accredited hospitals, such as G-CMC.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 48 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 23,500 employees, including a 1,200-member multi-specialty group practice, nine hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

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