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ANMC Cardiology Clinic earns Adult Transthoracic and Stress Echocardiography Reaccreditation by the IAC

September 12, 2017




The Alaska Native Medical Center Cardiology department was recently reaccredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in the areas of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Stress Echocardiography.

ANMC Cardiology has been granted a three-year term of accreditation, which means that a panel of IAC experts performed a thorough review of the department’s operational and technical components. The IAC only grants accreditation to facilities that provide high-quality patient care and are in compliance with national standards, determined through a comprehensive application process and detailed case study review.

Early detection of life-threatening heart disorders is possible through the use of echocardiography. Cardiovascular disease is the second leading cause of death for Alaska Native and American Indian people in the state and this technology is important for early detection and observation of existing heart disorders in our people.

“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,” said Dr. Matthew Schnellbaecher, ANMC Cardiology Medical Director.

Dr. Peter Sapin, ANMC Cardiologist, and Melissa Nascimento, RVS, RDCS, put in a lot of work for the Cardiology department to receive this reaccreditation. Congratulations to Cardiology on their efforts to provide the best patient care possible and constantly striving to make improvements in the services and care they provide.


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