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Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. Cardiovascular Lab Earns Echocardiography Reaccreditation

Echocardiology team Judy Van Heek, Jan Schrempp and Todd Langle.

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. cardiovascular laboratory has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in echocardiography in the area(s) of adult transthoracic and adult stress. Accredited since 2003, this latest accreditation awarded to Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. cardiovascular laboratory demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

Jill Mitzel, RN, director of nursing, explains “Accreditation by the IAC means that Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. cardiovascular laboratory has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published standards. Thus, demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in echocardiography.” Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, followed closely by stroke as the fourth highest cause of death. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 2,150 Americans die each day from cardiovascular disease which amounts to about one every 40 seconds.

There are many factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography. The training and experience of the sonographer performing the procedure, the type of equipment used and the quality assessment metrics each facility is required to measure, all contribute to a positive patient outcome. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality care and a dedication to continuous improvement.


Pictured above back to front: Judy Van Heek, RTRM, RDMS, RVT, RDCS; Jan Schrempp, RTR, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, Team Leader and Todd Lange, BSRTR, RDMS, RVT, RDCS

About Yankton Medical Clinic

Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. opened January 1, 1982 as the result of a merger between the Yankton Clinic and the Medical Clinic.  Physician-owned and operated, Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. is a multi-specialty clinic with 45 physicians, 18 medical specialties, more than 260 employees, four clinic locations, including Vermillion, S.D., Norfolk, Nebr. and two in Yankton S.D., and serves 16 outreach locations in South Dakota and Nebraska. www.YanktonMedicalClinic.com

About IAC

IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management and cardiac electrophysiology. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring quality patient care and promoting health care and all support one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected in the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography, which includes physicians and sonographers. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.