Crouse Hospital Echocardiography Lab has received the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) Accreditation in Adult Transthoracic, Adult Transesophageal and Adult Stress. Crouse’s laboratory is one of a growing number of echocardiography laboratories in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to be so recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society over $83.7 billion each year in health services. Cardiac structure and flow information provided by echocardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. The ICAEL has developed an accreditation program which evaluates the quality of critical elements of an echocardiography lab.
Echocardiography is a noninvasive test involving complex imaging techniques and it has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with an estimated ten million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States.
Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary and 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. This reaccreditation is valid until January 31, 2013.
In previous years, Crouse Hospital relied on the guidance of an outside consultant to complete and submit the application for this accreditation. Because Crouse employees volunteered to take on additional responsibilities to avoid contracting an outsider for assistance, reaccreditation saved the hospital $6,500 this year.
About Crouse Hospital
Crouse Hospital is a 506-bed, not-for-profit healthcare provider serving patients from a 16-county area in Central and Northern New York. The hospital provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient and community health/wellness services that reflect its mission to provide the best in patient care and promote community health. Crouse has been named “Business of the Year” by the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and a “Top 100” Performance Improvement Leader by Thompson Healthcare for its financial, operational and quality progress. In 2008, Crouse became the first (and only) U.S. hospital to receive Workforce Management magazine’s Optimas Award for General Excellence. For more information visit www.crouse.org.