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WCA Earns Nuclear Medicine ACR Accreditation

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(1) From left, Kathy Bailey, sr. staff nuclear medicine technologist; Joe Divell, nuclear medicine technologist; Janet Larsen, sr. staff technologist quality assurance/quality control; Mary Beth Coon, sr. staff nuclear medicine technologist; Lyndon Gritters, MD, board certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital, hospital radiology chairman; Tammara Hodges, WCA Hospital imaging director. (2) American College of Radiology (ACR) Nuclear Medicine Seal.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, December 1, 2011)—WCA Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Achieving this voluntary accreditation is one way that WCA Hospital demonstrates its commitment to high-quality patient care and quality diagnostic testing..

Nuclear medicine imaging is unique given that it provides physicians with information about body structure and function. It is a way to gather medical information that would otherwise be unavailable, require surgery, or necessitate more expensive diagnostic tests. Nuclear medicine imaging procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progress of a disease, long before many medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests.

“This accreditation reaffirms our long-standing commitment to provide excellence in care,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. “Our diagnostic team at WCA strives to provide the highest level of care for our patients. Receiving the highest level of accreditation from the American College of Radiology reinforces our team approach of using the most advanced techniques and clinical expertise from our physicians and staff who are committed to delivering excellent patient care.”

Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to diagnose and treat disease. In imaging, the radioactivity is picked up by specialized cameras that work with high-tech computers to provide precise pictures about the area of the body being imaged. The WCA Hospital Nuclear Medicine Program provides the community with the largest variety of nuclear medicine exams and offers all general nuclear medicine exams as well as many specialized exams and treatments. The program is staffed by board-certified radiologists, certified and licensed nuclear medicine technologists with over 85 years of combined experience.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians, and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance program are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

To learn more about WCA Hospital’s diagnostic services, visit us on the website at www.wcahospital.org.

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