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Three Metro Health Cardiology Programs Receive Accreditation

Posted: December 14, 2010

Three cardiology programs at Metro Health Hospital have received accreditation from national agencies.

The Wyoming, Michigan-based community hospital, which has been expanding and strengthening its cardiology programs and services, has received the following:

  • Accreditation of its echocardiography laboratory by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories. Echocardiographic testing is one of the standard diagnostic tools used in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. More than 10 million echocardiograms are performed each year in this country.
  • Accreditation of its nuclear cardiology laboratory by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories. Nuclear cardiology testing involves complex imaging techniques that use a small amount of radioisotope to evaluate the heart at rest and during exercise. Annually, more than 5.5 million cardiac stress tests are performed in the United States.
  • Accreditation of its vascular laboratory by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. Vascular labs use noninvasive techniques to diagnose potentially life-threatening cardiac diseases.

“We are exceptionally pleased to receive accreditation in these three cardiac areas,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “Our labs and programs have undergone rigorous review to receive these certifications, which underscore the quality of our cardiac services and our staff’s dedication to patient care.”

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, costing society more than $83.7 billion annually in health services, medications and lost work time.

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