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GGH Cardiopulmonary Services earns accreditation
Geneva, NY---Geneva General Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Services was granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) in the areas of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Stress. The laboratory is one of a growing number of echocardiography laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to be so recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.

The ICAEL was established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography (SOPE) to provide a peer review mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. A non-profit organization, the ICAEL is dedicated to ensuring high quality patient care and to promoting health care.

Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary. Accreditation status signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

Debra Dhondt RN, RDCS and cardiology coordinator at Geneva General Hospital says that "although it is an accomplishment to acquire ICAEL accreditation, to me, it's a privilege to work with staff on a daily basis who share the same passion for echocardiography. We're also very fortunate to have Dr. Chuprun, who is board-certified in echocardiography as well as general cardiology as our echo lab director”. Dr. Chuprun commented that “this accreditation reaffirms the quality of care that we provide to our community on a daily basis.”

One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society over 83.7 billion dollars each year in health services, medications and lost work time due to disability. Cardiac structure and flow information provided by echo cardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. This noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with an estimated 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States. Echocardiography is a complex imaging technique that relies on the experience and training of both the physician and sonographer.
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