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Hospital earns accreditation for Nuclear Medicine

Dec. 30, 2012 @ 08:04 PM

Hospital earns accreditation for Nuclear Medicine

HUNTINGTON -- Following an extensive review of hospital procedures and safety measures, Cabell Huntington Hospital has received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology for its Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography) services used to diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases.

"The ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation represents the highest level of quality and safety, and we are one of the few facilities in the area meeting these standards and guidelines in Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT," Dr. Pete Chirico, medical director of the Radiology Department at Cabell Huntington Hospital, said in a press release. "We are very proud of this achievement and we are very pleased to add this to our other accreditations from the American College of Radiology."

Image quality, staff qualifications, equipment, quality control and quality assurance programs are among the areas assessed. Cabell Huntington Hospital also currently holds ACR accreditation in Ultrasound, MRI, CT and Mammography.

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain abnormalities within the body.

PET and CT are both state-of-the-art imaging tools that allow physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body before making treatment recommendations. The highly sensitive PET technology shows the biology of disorders at the molecular level, while the CT scan provides a detailed picture of the body's internal anatomy. The PET/CT scan combines the strengths of these two well-established imaging technologies into a single scan.

OLBH mammography services earn flawless survey

RUSSELL, Ky. -- Mammography services at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital recently were surveyed by the Food and Drug Administration, and the flawless survey marked the 20th straight year of perfect results from the FDA.

The survey noted no deficiencies nor offered any recommendations for the hospital's mammography program. It involved an extensive review of the program's documentation and qualifications of its radiologists, technologists, physicists and equipment functions.

"This is such a milestone to produce 20 straight years of flawless surveys, Terri Hannon, the hospital's Radiology director, said in a press release. "I am extremely proud of Beth Wilson, who has overseen all 20 years of surveys and I am proud as well of her staff at the OLBH Women's Center. It is because of them that OLBH now has two decades worth of surveys where they surveyors have not found a single deficiency with exemplary work done by our team. I'm also proud of our mobile mammography program and the flawless survey those ladies received. They do outstanding work day in and day out providing for those out in our communities."

To schedule a mammogram at the OLBH Women's Cener of mobile center, call 606-836-7465.

KDMC Ironton center honored for patient care

IRONTON -- King's Daughters Family Care Center in Ironton recently achieved recognition from the National Committee of Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home.

The committee's Patient Centered Medical Home program aims to improve primary care by proactively measuring patient populations. It is a team-based approach, focused on managing the care of the patient by building partnerships between the patient, the provider, and, when appropriate, the family.

"Recognition comes after months of hard work and dedication from the Ironton team," Lisa Ashley, KDMC Primary Care Services Line director, said in a press release. "They worked together to implement and sustain proactive measures to improve the health and quality of care provided to their customers."

Ironton Family Care Center providers and team members who made the recognition possible are Fabiana Farinetti, M.D.; Ronda Nickoson, APRN; Liz Spurlock, APRN; Tony Virgin, M.D.; Jessie Blankenship, Julie Hall, Kayla Murphy, Brook Becker and Josh Wilson.