NEA Baptist Receives New Inpatient Accreditation

JONESBORO, Ark. – NEA Baptist Non-Invasive Inpatient Cardiology Department was recently granted a new three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) In Echocardiography in the area(s) of adult stress and adult transthoracic. This latest accreditation awarded to NEA Baptist Non-Invasive Inpatient Cardiology Department Demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

In addition, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Non-Invasive Outpatient Cardiology Center has been granted a three-year term of reaccreditation by IAC, also in Echocardiography in the area(s) of adult stress and adult transthoracic.

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of series conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed close by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

“I am very proud of the professionals in our Non-invasive Cardiology Department who work hard every day to provide the best possible patient care,” said Robert Taylor, MD, Non-Invasive Cardiologist at NEA Baptist Clinic. “Having been granted this accreditation is another example of their commitment to providing consistent high quality cardiac testing for our patients.  The process of applying for and receiving this accreditation requires a commitment to maintaining well trained professionals and equipment as well as ongoing quality improvement. I believe this should represent a source of pride for all of us and reassure our patients of our ongoing commitment to providing appropriate and high quality cardiac testing when needed.”

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experienced of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.

Accreditation by the IAC means that NEA Baptist Non-Invasive Inpatient Cardiology and NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Non-Invasive Outpatient Cardiology Center have undergone an intensive application and review process and are found to be compliant with the published Standards thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography.

About IAC

IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation ®. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

About NEA Baptist

NEA Baptist Health System comprises NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, NEA Baptist Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care and NEA Baptist Clinic, northeast Arkansas’ largest physician group. The 228-bed hospital offers cancer care, heart care through the Heart Center, labor and delivery services through the hospital’s Women’s Center, as well as a number of inpatient and outpatient services, emergency care, and surgical services including weight loss surgery, neurology, respiratory care, and pulmonary rehabilitation. NEA Baptist Clinic’s over 100 physicians practice in more than 35 specialties and offer a wealth of services, from pediatrics to orthopedic services. For more information about NEA Baptist, please call 870-936-1000 or 870-936-8000 or visit www.neabaptist.com or www.neabaptistclinic.com.

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