Meadows Achieves National Recognition
VIDALIA – Meadows Regional Medical Center is now nationally accredited by the IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Commission) for its echocardiology program.
As part of Meadows comprehensive approach to heart care, a team chaired by Dr. Christian Higgins has achieved the highest possible echocardiography quality for the hospital and Meadows’ two cardiology clinics. “We know we provide outstanding care so we set our sights on achieving national accreditation and did so fairly quickly,” says Higgins. “It’s a testimony to the expertise on our care team and to Meadows dedication to making sure patients get the best care right here.”
Echocardiography is an important aspect of the cardiology program at Meadows, which houses the area’s only interventional cardiac cath lab and has become the regional center for emergency care of serious heart attacks.
“This accreditation is a rigorous team effort that requires consistent excellence in three different practice sites,” said Connie Williamson, Cardio Services Echo Supervisor. “We’re proud to be nationally accredited for this important cardiac test.”
Echocardiography is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart to view structure, movement and blood flow. This procedure is used to detect heart disease and other signs of serious or life threatening cardiovascular conditions.
IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facilities have been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography.
(Echocardiology Accreditation) Front row left to right: Ree Rowland, Dr. Christian Higgins, Heather Walters, Landra Williams. Back row left to right: Connie Williamson, Grant Johnson, Chuck Bondurant, Travis Roose. Not pictured: Michele Malone, Kim Akins, Tracey Kennedy, Penni Seaman, Stephen Smesny, Clay Raper, Nick Jones.