Geisinger Lewistown Hospital echocardiography lab earns reaccreditation
LEWISTOWN, PA – A laboratory specializing in echocardiography at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital recently was granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.
Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. The accreditation is for stress- related transthoracic echocardiography in adults. During a stress echocardiogram, still or moving images of the heart are taken ultrasonically, both before and after exercise. Those unable to exercise may receive an injection to make the heart respond as it would during a period of physical activity. The stress echocardiogram indicates whether a patient is experiencing decreased blood flow to the heart.
The IAC indicates that the lab has gone through an intensive application and review process that allows for an accurate assessment by IAC, which is widely respected in the medical community.
“As a community hospital, we want our customers to understand that we strive to provide excellent quality and patient care at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital. Our reaccreditation affirms that we continue to be recognized for holding ourselves to a high standard in the service that we provide to our community,” said Ron Napikoski, director of cardiovascular, neuro and pulmonary services.