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Swedish Edmonds earns nuclear cardiology award


March 20, 2019

The team at Swedish Edmonds’ Cardiovascular Diagnostic Imaging Center Nuclear Cardiology, from left: Stephanie Mitchell, Shannon Cortinas, Kyle Steckbauer, Diane Wilson, and Sharon Bruce.

Swedish Edmonds’ Cardiovascular Diagnostic Imaging Center Nuclear Cardiology has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in nuclear cardiology.

“Nuclear Cardiology re-accreditation demonstrates our culture of a positive practice environment and excellent care is raising the bar in Snohomish County,” said Swedish Edmonds Chief Operating Officer Sarah Zabel.

Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States.

On average, one American dies every 39 seconds from disorders of the heart and blood vessels, which can be prevented with early detection through the use of nuclear cardiology procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physician offices.

“It was not too long ago that physicians had to rely on the stethoscope and the simple EKG of electrocardiogram for cardiac diagnostics,” Chief Nursing Officer Jean Doerge said.

“Technological developments in cardiovascular imaging modalities now reveal intricate details of various cardiac structures and physiology.”

“Certification by the IAC is a rigorous process,” said cardiologist Dr. Louis Blake-Inada.

“We are proud to say that we maintain the relationship we have had with the IAC for almost 20 years. In fact, we were the first site in Washington State to be accredited.”


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