Mercy first in nation to earn Cardiac Electrophysiology accreditation by IAC

November 18, 2016

Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines and Mercy West Lakes are the first centers in the nation to earn accreditation in cardiac electrophysiology (EP) by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The three-year term accreditation applies to testing and ablation, chronic lead extraction and device implementation.

“We are extremely proud to be the first facility to earn this accreditation,” said Denise Sorrentino, Iowa Heart Center electrophysiologist. “It was a true team effort and shows that quality patient care is our priority.”

Accreditation by IAC indicates that Mercy has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the publishedStandardsby IAC. 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.

The training and experience of the cardiac electrophysiology specialist 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.

About Iowa Heart Center

Iowa Heart Center, founded in 1970, is one of the nation’s premier cardiovascular medicine practices. With clinics and offices in Des Moines, Ames, Ankeny, Carroll, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Newton, and Ottumwa, Iowa Heart Center’s physicians and staff are committed to providing world-class heart care, research and prevention services to Iowa families.