Flushing, New York - New York Hospital Queens announced today that its Heart & Vascular Center’s echocardiography services lab was awarded accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echo Laboratories (ICAEL).
Echocardiography (also known as echo) is an imaging procedure that creates a moving picture of heart valves and chambers using high-frequency sound waves. Echo is used to evaluate blood flow across the heart to see if there is any abnormal leakage or blockage of valves. This enables important decisions to be made regarding next steps in cardiac care.
“Since there are so few echo laboratories in this area that are accredited, this is quite an achievement,” stated John Enright, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at New York Hospital Queens. “Our efforts to achieve accreditation can help our community feel confident that when they come to our Heart and Vascular Center they will receive a higher level of heart care, right here in Queens.”
According to the ICAEL, the purpose of accreditation is to ensure high-quality patient care. During the certification process, laboratories review every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of healthcare. Accreditation must be renewed every three years.
New York Hospital Queens Heart & Vascular Center provides comprehensive cardiovascular services. It is one of only two programs in the borough offering the full spectrum of care and treatment, including angioplasty, stenting and cardiac surgery.