Bronson Echocardiography Lab Re-Accredited

July 29, 2010


KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Bronson Methodist Hospital was recently granted re-accreditation for its adult and pediatric Echocardiography (Echo) Lab by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL), marking the fifth straight ICAEL accreditation for the hospital.


This accreditation recognizes Bronson’s commitment to high quality patient care and quality diagnostic testing to detect and manage heart disease. Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart to view structure, movement and blood flow. To receive accreditation, Bronson voluntarily signed up for review by ICAEL, an independent agency.


In 1998, Bronson became the first hospital in Michigan to receive Pediatric Echo Accreditation. Today, it is one of only seven hospitals in the state, and the only one in southwest Michigan, to be granted both Adult and Pediatric Echo Accreditation. Annually, Bronson’s Echo Lab serves as a diagnostic resource to more than 4,000 adults and, as the area’s only children’s hospital, Bronson provides this important cardiac test to more than 2,000 children.

For information about heart care at Bronson, visit bronsonhealth.com/heart. To learn more about ICAEL accreditation and what it means to patients and families, visit Icael.org.


Cardiac Care at Bronson


At Bronson, teams of cardiac specialists are on staff 24/7, ready to diagnose and treat both adults and children. Cardiothoracic and vascular services include prevention and education, early detection, minimally invasive procedures, surgical interventions, personalized rehabilitation programs and home telemonitoring. In fact, Bronson Methodist Hospital has received national recognition for quality of care and patient outcomes in cardiac care, such as being designated as a UnitedHealth PremiumSM cardiac specialty center and being awarded the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals(r) for cardiovascular care (2008).

About Bronson Methodist Hospital (bronsonhealth.com)


Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 380 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty — cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology — with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s first accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only five children's hospitals in the state.


A national leader in healthcare quality, Bronson is currently ranked by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals. The hospital is a 2005 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and performance excellence.   


In 2009, Bronson received the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize awarded annually to only one U.S. hospital and joined the top five percent of hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. It is also ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a 2009-10 HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence and as a recipient of the 2010 HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence award.