JAMESTOWN - WCA officials announced the hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems.
"The ACR accreditation demonstrates our continued pledge to build the strongest medical community possible," said Betsy Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO. "Accreditation by the American College of Radiology inspires a high level of confidence for our patients, referring physicians and managed care organizations, and assures them that only the highest quality of care is being provided at WCA."
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, following 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 programs 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.
In photograph from left, Tammara L. C. Hodges, WCA Hospital Director of Imaging Services; Lyndon Gritters, MD, board-certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital; Vanessa Little, WCA Ultrasound Technologist; Sally Hetrick, Ultrasound Technologist; Roxanne Miller, Ultrasound Technologist; Kristi Constantino, Sr. Ultrasound Technologist at WCA; Samantha Miles, Ultrasound Technologist.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.
Ultrasound services are part of the comprehensive array of diagnostic and health services available at the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA - designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology's Commission on Breast Imaging. Services include breast patient navigation, breast and general ultrasound, interventional radiology, PET/CT Imaging, MRI & MRI Breast imaging, OPEN MRI exam, bone densitometry (DEXA) screening, screening and diagnostic mammography with same day results, Stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and outpatient laboratory.
To schedule an ultrasound exam, call (716) 664-8448. A physician order is required. To learn more about WCA Hospital, visit www.wcahospital.org.