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Sansum Clinic Granted Accreditation for Echocardiography Laboratory - Archived
Date
04/16/2010
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Sansum Clinic announced today the accreditation of its echocardiography laboratory, making it the first accredited lab in Santa Barbara County. The ICAEL 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.

An echocardiogram, which is performed at a laboratory like Sansum Clinic Echocardiography Laboratory, is a safe, non-invasive procedure used to examine the heart and potentially diagnose cardiovascular problems by using high-frequency sound waves to see all four chambers of the heart, the heart valves, the great blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, as well as the sac around the heart. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society over $83.7 billion each year in health services medications, and lost work due to disability.

“Sansum Clinic is continually looking for ways to better meet the healthcare needs of the people in our communities, and this noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology,” said Dr. Jason Boyatt, Cardiologist at Sansum Clinic. “Echocardiograms allow us to detect potential problems early and manage many types of heart disease. This accreditation speaks to the quality of the staff at laboratory. “

Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 150 affiliated physicians, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (500,000 visits) annually at our 17 patient care facilities between Carpinteria and Santa Maria. Sansum Clinic can be found online at www.sansumclinic.org.

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

For more information on Sansum Clinic and its services, please contact Jill R. Fonte, Director of Marketing, at 805-681-1879 or jfonte@sansumclinic.org.
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