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By achieving echocardiography accreditation for 20 years from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Medical Group Heart and Vascular Hinsdale has received a Bronze Milestone Recognition for demonstrating its long-term commitment to continuously improving patient outcomes and safety. Every three-year cycle, accredited facilities undergo an intensive application and review process to re-earn accreditation, with an assessment conducted 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 cardiovascular conditions. 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.

“The commitment to pursuing and maintaining this accreditation indicates our cardiovascular providers are dedicated to providing the highest level of care, as recognized by a national standard of excellence,” said cardiologist and UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Medical Group Medical Director Dr. Daniel Krauss. “This should reassure both our patients and our referring physicians that they will receive the highest quality cardiac imaging. Our recent integration with UChicago Medicine will enhance our ability to maintain a program consistent with national standards.”

Patients, referring physicians and insurers look for the IAC seal of accreditation as the ‘gold standard’ in the field of echocardiography.

“We are proud to recognize long-time accredited echocardiography facilities through the new milestone recognition program,” said Mary Lally, CEO of the IAC. “As we celebrate 25 years of accrediting echocardiography facilities, the recognized facilities are true champions of accreditation.”


David Pequet, CEO and senior portfolio manager at MPI Wealth Management in Hinsdale, attended the 2023 Barron’s Top Independent Advisors Summit March 15- 17 in Dallas, Texas. The invitation-only conference is hosted by Barron’s Magazine.

The Barron’s Summit is a gathering of self-made leaders who have earned a distinct place within the financial services industry. The event offers the top independent practitioners a unique opportunity to interface and network with the peers who best understand their businesses.

“As we celebrate our 37th year in business as an independent registered investment advisor, Matt (Pequet, senior vice president) and I are very proud that this is the 12th year in a row the firm has been invited to the Barron’s conference,” Pequet said.

Offered by Barron’s Advisor since 2009, this curated experience has become the premier event for ranked independent advisors, with content designed to highlight the best practices and specific needs of independent advisors.

The three-day conference featured several respected speakers from the world of finance providing the attendees unique access and insight not normally available.

The Advisors selected by Barron’s for the Summit are chosen based on the depth and breadth of service offering, assets under management, and regulatory records, Firm responses were voluntary, and no fee was paid to Barrons to be in the ranking.


The Hinsdale Central debate team competed in the state tournament March 17-18. The team took third overall in the public forum debate, thanks in large part to the placements that were earned by six students:

• Sebastian Attlan and Will Schmeltz, semifinalists

• Heidi Angelopoulos and Patrick Dugan, octofinalists

• Shrihan Atluri and Adam DiPasquale, octofinalists

Atluri and Dugan also were named to the All-State team.


Hinsdale Middle School seventh-grader Srinidhi Rao qualified to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 30-June 1 outside Washington, D.C. She was named co-champion at HMS before winning in the DuPage Regional Spelling Bee Feb. 23.