(Hartford, Conn. September 9, 2013) -
The Ultrasound Practice Council of the American Institute of Ultrasound in
Medicine is pleased to announce that Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Maternal
Infant Division has been awarded ultrasound practice accreditation in the area
of fetal echocardiography. Saint Francis
is the only hospital in Hartford to achieve this honor.
Francis achieved this recognition by meeting rigorous voluntary guidelines set
by the diagnostic ultrasound profession. All facets of the practice were
assessed, including the training and qualifications of physicians and
sonographers; ultrasound equipment maintenance; documentation; storage, and
record-keeping practices; policies and procedures to protect patients and
staff; quality assurance methods; and the thoroughness, technical quality and
interpretation of the sonograms the practice performs.
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare
delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an
anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is
a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai
Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the
Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount
Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for
Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint
Francis HealthCare Partners. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access
Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the
region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.
About the AlUM
The American Institute of Ultrasound in
Medicine is a multidisciplinary medical association of more than 9200
physicians, sonographers, and scientists dedicated to advancing the safe and
effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public
education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation.
Participation in the AlUM's Ultrasound Practice Accreditation program is
available to practices in the following areas of ultrasound: abdominal/general,
breast, complete obstetric or focused obstetric, dedicated musculoskeletal,
fetal echocardiography, gynecologic, dedicated thyroid/parathyroid, and
urologic. For more information, visit www.aium.org.