For Immediate Release

October 22, 2012

For more information:
John Moore
Public Information Officer
Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics
(903) 531-4542
john.moore@tmfhs.org

MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL-TYLER RECEIVES ECHOCARDIOLOGRAPHY ACCREDITATION

TYLER, TX – Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler has received accreditation in echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. The accreditation includes adult transthoracic, adult transesophageal and adult stress.

Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle. Ultrasound waves that rebound or echo off the heart can show the size, shape, and movement of the heart's valves and chambers as well as the flow of blood through the heart. Echocardiography may show such abnormalities as poorly functioning heart valves or damage to the heart tissue from a past heart attack.

Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler 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.

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. When scheduled for an Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed.

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Mother Frances Hospital-Winnsboro, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 39 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving East Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhc.org.

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