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Mary Washington Hospital Echocardiography Laboratory Earns Echocardiography Reaccreditation

Mary Washington Hospital Echocardiography Laboratory Earns Echocardiography Reaccreditation

Fredericksburg, VA – December 13, 2022: Mary Washington Hospital (MWH) Echocardiography Laboratory located in Fredericksburg, VA has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transesophageal and Adult Transthoracic. This latest accreditation awarded to MWH Echocardiography Laboratory demonstrates the healthcare system’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography.

MWH Echocardiography Laboratory underwent an intensive application and review process through the IAC to ensure compliance with the published standards and a commitment to quality patient care. 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.

“We are honored to receive this distinguished accreditation and recognize the important role cardiac testing and imaging plays in successful treatment outcomes,” said Jessie Mountjoy, MBA, BSN, RN, Director of Cardiac Services, Mary Washington Hospital. “The award-winning cardiac team at MWH is committed to consistently delivering high-quality care for our patients.”

Echocardiography is used to assess different areas of the heart and can detect heart disease or signs of serious conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death across genders, and most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

On average, one American dies every 34 seconds of cardiovascular disease—disorders of the heart and blood vessels. 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 commitment to continuous improvement.


About Mary Washington Healthcare:

Mary Washington Healthcare is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides inpatient and outpatient care through over 50 facilities including Mary Washington Hospital, a 471-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community hospital. Mary Washington Healthcare is a non-profit health system with a longstanding commitment to provide care regardless of ability to pay. For more information about our services and facilities, visit

About IAC:

The IAC is a nonprofit organization in operation to evaluate and accredit facilities that provide diagnostic imaging and interventional-based procedures, thus improving the quality of patient care provided in private offices, clinics, and hospitals where such services are performed. The IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear/PET, MRI, diagnostic CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, vascular interventional, cardiac electrophysiology, and cardiovascular catheterization. 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®. Committed to its mission through a rigorous peer review process, the IAC has granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites since its inception in 1991. To learn more about IAC, visit