Recognition for WDMH’s Cardiac Program

Seen in image above: Karie Neddo, Dr. Kamal Sharma and Kim Fetch, representatives of the cardiology department at WDMH. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER — Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s cardiac program has received a Certificate of Achievement, recognizing the program’s quality improvement plan to support high quality, standardized care for patients.

CorHealth Ontario’s Echocardiography Quality Improvement Program includes six steps leading to certification. The accreditors look at everything from equipment, to room set-up, to patient

documentation. There is also an on-site visit to the hospital.

“This is great for our patients and our team,” notes Cardiologist Dr. Kamal Sharma, who is at WDMH two days each week. He also practices at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Dr. Sharma notes that WDMH’s new echocardiogram equipment is a key factor. The new machine, purchased through funds raised by the local community, provides top-of-the-line images and reports.

“We can now do much more here in Winchester, so patients do not have to travel to Ottawa.”

Echocardiography uses sound waves to create images of the heart and its structures for the diagnosis, management and follow-up of patients with heart diseases. Each year, more than 1,000 echocardiograms are conducted at WDMH.

Congratulations to the WDMH team!

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