Newton Medical Center’s high quality echocardiography services, used to diagnose life-threatening heart disorders, were recently accredited for a third consecutive time by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Newton Medical Center is one of only eight hospitals in New Jersey to be accredited in all of the following three echocardiography procedures:

·         Adult transthoracic – involves a standard echocardiogram

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·         Adult transesophogeal  - a more complex test in which a tube is inserted through the mouth of the patient

·         Adult stress, in which complex exercise tests are administered

The accreditation by the IAC means that Newton Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review. The IAC’s accreditation is effective for three years. Newton Medical Center has been accredited for the past six years.

“The continued recognition from the IAC reflects the strong commitment Newton Medical Center has for quality patient care,” said Tim Brewer, RN, CCRN, manager for cardiac services for the Charles L. Tice Heart Center for Diagnostic Services at Newton Medical Center.

Cardiovascular diseases are the top cause of death in the United States, with an average of one death every 39 seconds. Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography procedures. There are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing, including the skill of the sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers.

“The IAC accreditation should reinforce the confidence our communities have that the highest level of cardiac diagnostic services are close to home at Newton Medical Center,” said Scott Schwarz, MD, FACC, FACP, Medical Director of Non Invasive Cardiology.

The 7,000-square-foot Charles L. Tice Heart Center for Diagnostic Services opened in October 2006, and offers patients a variety of cardiology services without having to travel long distances. The Heart Center features six private bay areas, patient and family consultation areas, and a procedure room outfitted with state-of-the-art diagnostic cardiac technology, a C-arm.

Newton Medical Center’s board-certified cardiologists provide a variety of cardiac services including cardiac catheterization; diagnostic and interventional peripheral vascular procedures; electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, cardiac stress tests, pacemaker follow-up clinic tests, Holter monitor and electroencephalograms.

For more information about The Charles L. Tice Heart Center for Diagnostic Services at Newton Medical Center, please call (973) 579-8551.