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Heart Center Receives Accreditation for Pediatric Transthoracic and Fetal Echocardiography

Published in Heart & Vascular, Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for its pediatric transthoracic and fetal echocardiography program. It is one of only a few sites in Minnesota to hold this distinction. IAC grants accreditation to facilities that provide quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process and detailed case review.

“Being granted this accreditation is indicative of the quality of our physicians and staff,” said Bob Johnson, executive director, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center. “They are passionate about providing the best care to patients, going above and beyond the services of an average heart center, to bring specialized heart care to Central Minnesota.”

Each year more than 35,000 babies in the United States are born with congenital heart defects, making it the most common type of birth defect. Over the past few decades, diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects have tremendously improved with tools such as echocardiograms. An echocardiogram is a noninvasive ultrasound used to evaluate heart structure and function.

Two pediatric cardiologists at the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center specialize in diagnosing and treating congenital heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms, chest pain, fainting spells and heart murmurs in children. For more information about their services, call 320-656-7020.