As more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease, proper diagnosis and early treatment have become increasingly invaluable. Fortunately for Orange County residents, the Diagnostic Cardiac Services at St. Anthony Community Hospital have been granted accreditation for a three-year term by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic.
IAC accreditation is a seal of approval that indicates consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement in the facility in which they’re being evaluated.
“This recent accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality patient care -- close to home,” said Dr. Seth Hurwitz, medical director of Echocardiography at St. Anthony Community Hospital. “Our team is dedicated to continuously finding ways to improve our cardiac services for the community we serve.”
Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. An echocardiogram -- also called an echo or cardiac ultrasound -- is a painless, radiation-free test that uses sound waves to take moving pictures of the heart. A physician may refer a patient for an echocardiogram when symptoms of heart problems, including heart failure, murmurs and other conditions, are present.
“Our experienced and knowledgeable echocardiography sonographers are able to, using the latest equipment, consistently provide a high level of diagnostic care to our patients,” said Edgar Perez, director of Respiratory Services at St. Anthony Community Hospital. “We want our patients to be able to receive an accurate diagnosis in a timely manner; that way, if necessary, they can obtain treatment as soon as possible.”
Consult a physician to learn more about echocardiogram referrals. For information on the diagnostic services offered through St. Anthony Community Hospital, call 845-987-5147.
St. Anthony Community Hospital is a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network.