Diagnostic cardiac services at St. Anthony Community Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), have been granted accreditation for three years by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in a key area of echocardiography, one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in cardiology. IAC accreditation is a seal of approval that indicates consistent quality care, state-of-the-art equipment and a dedication to continuous improvement.
“This recent accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality patient care, close to home,” says Seth Hurwitz, MD, Medical Director of Echocardiography at St. Anthony Community Hospital. “Our team is dedicated to continuously finding ways to improve our cardiac services for the community we serve.”
By assessing different areas of the heart, echocardiography can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. An echocardiogram (also called an echo or cardiac ultrasound) is a painless test that uses soundwaves to take moving pictures of the heart, revealing size, shape and how well its valves and chambers function. Because heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, prompt and accurate diagnosis can save lives.
“Our experienced and knowledgeable echocardiography sonographers consistently provide a high level of diagnostic care to our patients,” says Edgar Perez, MBA, RRT, Director of Respiratory Services at St. Anthony Community Hospital. “We want our patients to be able to receive an accurate diagnosis in a timely manner. That way, if necessary, they can obtain treatment as soon as possible.”
Pictured Above: Edgar Perez, MBA, RRT, Director of Respiratory Services, and Brigida Hershberger, Lead Echo Cardiac Sonographer at St. Anthony Community Hospital.