The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography to Albany Associates in Cardiology (AAC), a practice of St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates.
The reaccreditation by the IAC is the fifth for AAC and was awarded in the area of adult transthoracic to AAC’s offices in Clifton Park, Glens Falls, and Troy. The St. Peter’s Cardiac Imaging Center Ultrasound, operated by AAC, was also reaccredited in the areas of adult transthoracic as well as adult stress.
“Echocardiography is a key tool in diagnosing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States,” said Kellie Valenti, president of St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates. “By regularly renewing this accreditation, our patients can take comfort in knowing that our team of physicians and sonographers are committed to providing state-of-the-art testing to accurately diagnose their heart condition, which is an important step in developing their plan of care.”
In addition to detecting heart disease, echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart to determine structural defects or other serious cardiovascular conditions. Many factors contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiograph—the training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician, and quality assurance measures taken by each facility.
Obtaining accreditation from the IAC means that AAC has undergone an intensive application and review process and found to be compliant with the published IAC standards, thereby demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography.
About Albany Associates in Cardiology
With more than two dozen physicians and advanced practitioners treating patients at locations in Albany, Clifton Park, Troy, and Glens Falls, Albany Associates in Cardiology offers a vast range of services, including cardiology, echocardiography, vascular ultrasound, vascular clinics, nuclear cardiology, interventional cardiology at St. Peter’s Hospital and Samaritan Hospital, and electrophysiology.
Instrumental in establishing an interventional program at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany Associates in Cardiology also provides medical directorship of St. Peter’s Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Program.
All Albany Associates in Cardiology physicians are board-certified in cardiology.
AAC’s newest location in the St. Peter’s Medical Arts building, 1735 Route 9 in Clifton Park, offers comprehensive cardiology services with a Cardiac Walk-in Clinic for heart patients and an advanced imaging suite to detect complex heart conditions. Also available is a Vascular Walk-in Clinic; dedicated vein suite with vascular ultrasound and procedure rooms; stress tests and echocardiograms to assess blood flow through the heart; and primary care with same-day appointments.