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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Receives Accreditation from Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories

October 27, 2004

Houston VA Receives Accreditation from Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is the only VA with accreditation in all three modalities of echocardiography.

Released: 2004/10/27

HOUSTON - The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) has been awarded a three-year accreditation for its echocardiography laboratory in the areas of transthoracic echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and stress echocardiography as the result of a recent survey by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

The purpose of the ICAEL is to ensure high quality patient care and to promote health care by providing a mechanism to encourage and recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation. Through the accreditation process, laboratories assess every aspect of daily operation and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients.

"The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is honored to receive ICAEL accreditation," said Edgar L. Tucker, MEDVAMC director. "We are very pleased to be recognized in the industry for providing outstanding services. Such a distinction also underscores the quality of our work and our commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our veterans."

The ICAEL is a nonprofit organization established with the support of the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography. Representatives from these sponsoring organizations, including physicians and sonographers, serve on the ICAEL Board Of Directors.

"This accreditation gives our veterans the assurance that our staff and equipment have passed the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories' rigorous evaluation. It provides a high level of confidence for patients that only the highest quality of care is being provided at our facility, and acknowledges excellence in image acquisition by our sonographers and interpretation by our physicians. It is a matter of great pride to all of us that the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is one of only two VA centers who have this accreditation and the only one with accreditation in all three modalities of echocardiography: stress echocardiography, transthoracic echocardiography, and transesophageal echocardiography," said Issam Mikati, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.S.E., F.A.H.A., MEDVAMC Echocardiography Lab director and Non-Invasive Cardiology chief.

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2004/10/27