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ACH Receives Echocardiography Accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (June 18, 2013) — Among the most highly recognized and respected organizations within the medical community, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has awarded Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) a renewed accreditation for echocardiography.

ACH received a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography in the areas of pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal by the IAC. The transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) and fetal echocardiogram each allow patients to receive an ultrasound that will give a clearer picture of the heart's structure and function. According to the IAC, congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect, and the Heart Center at ACH has become one of the nation's most important and successful resources for surgical care of congenital heart disease.

ACH received accreditation following a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts from the IAC. 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."

With renewed accreditation, ACH will continue to further its efforts in ensuring excellent patient and family care and the environment and technology to perform superior echocardiography exams.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age 21. Over the past century, ACH has grown to span 29 city blocks and house 370 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.

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