Bronson Methodist Hospital Receives Echocardiography Accreditation for Adult and Pediatric Heart Care

July 29, 2013

Bronson Methodist Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult and Pediatric Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission (IAC). 

Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart to view structure, movement and blood flow. It allows for early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other disease. 
 
“This accreditation recognizes Bronson’s commitment to excellent patient care and quality diagnostic testing to detect and manage heart disease,” said Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare cardiologist, Michael Pack, DO, FACC, FASE. “Working with high integrity images is crucial to providing the best care to our adult and pediatric patients.” 

Accreditation by the IAC means that Bronson 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. 

In 1998, Bronson became the first hospital in Michigan to receive Pediatric Echo Accreditation. Annually, Bronson’s Echo Lab serves as a diagnostic resource to approximately 4,100 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. 

About Bronson Methodist Hospital
Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 434 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 six children's hospitals in the state. 

Bronson serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients in the area and provides a substantial benefit to the community through outreach and charitable care. It is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence.  In 2009, the hospital 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.  Bronson has been ranked in the top five percent of hospitals in the nation as a Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence (2009-13) and in 2013 was named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals. For more information, visit bronsonhealth.com. 

About Bronson  Heart & Vascular
Bronson Methodist Hospital is rated Best in Region* for cardiac surgery, and received five stars for treatment of heart attack and valve surgery from Healthgrades (2013). Consumers in Kalamazoo County prefer Bronson Methodist Hospital for treating chest pain according to a survey by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (2012). Bronson’s cardiovascular team includes adult and pediatric cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons and other health experts. Specialties include robotic surgery, noninvasive valve replacement, electrophysiology, peripheral vascular and endovascular procedures. 
*Region is southwest Michigan as defined by Michigan Department of Transportation.