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Copley Hospital’s Echocardiography Laboratory Awarded Reaccreditation

October 3, 2017

Copley Hospital’s Echocardiography Laboratory was recently awarded a three-year accreditation in Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). “This seal of approval is significant as it demonstrates to our community Copley’s commitment to excellence,” states Art Mathisen, Copley Hospital President. “The accreditation reflects the skill of our providers, technology and techniques, and the quality assurance measures in place for our echocardiograms.”

Accreditation means that the IAC has performed a thorough review of the Copley’s Echocardiography Laboratory operational and technical processes by a panel of experts. The review looks at every facet of the test process including skill of the technician, type of testing equipment used, knowledge of the interpreting physicians, and quality and detail of the records. The accreditation is granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards.

In Lamoille County, heart disease is one of the top leading causes of death for ages 25 and older. It is also one of the top causes for inpatient hospitalizations. Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures. The test is complicated and requires excellent skill, equipment, interpretation, and quality measures to ensure accuracy.

The test uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle. The waves can show the size, shape and movement of the heart’s valves and chambers as well as the flow of blood through the heart. Pictures from the test can show any irregularities that may be present in your heart chamber or valves, and is useful to evaluate a multitude of cardiac symptoms and conditions.
Copley is one of four hospitals in Vermont to achieve Echocardiography Laboratory accreditation; the other hospitals are North Country Hospital, University of Vermont Medical Center and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

Copley Hospital cardiologist Adam Kunin, MD treats a full range of heart conditions and diseases, including heart attacks, heart failure and serious heart rhythm disturbances, as well as providing pre- and post-cardiac catheterization care. To help patients improve their quality of life following a heart attack or heart condition the hospital offers Cardiac Rehabilitation. The program incorporates exercise and education to help you achieve a higher level of functioning.

A variety of digital imagery that provides pictures of soft tissue, internal organs and/or bones is available at Copley. Most Copley radiologic technologists hold multiple credentials with each discipline. Staff is dedicated to providing high-quality images, courteous care, and excellent communication with both the patient and the patient’s physician. Information about Copley’s cardiology and imaging services is available by calling 888-8888 or online at copleyvt.org.