March 31, 2011 -
The American College of Radiology (ACR) has awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine to Olympic Medical Center. The accreditation award extends to the nuclear medicine unit found at Olympic Memorial Hospital within the diagnostic imaging unit.
“We have worked hard to achieve this distinction. This accreditation is the result of dedication by our expert radiologists and skilled technologists, as well as support at the administrative level,” says Deby King, director of diagnostic imaging, Olympic Medical Center. “The ACR gold seal of accreditation shows our patients that they are receiving care in a facility that meets the highest level of standards for imaging quality and safety.”
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 programs are assessed.
Olympic Medical Center voluntarily goes through a vigorous review process as part of the accrediting process to:
· Ensure it meets nationally accepted standards of care
· Confirm personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret images and administer radiation therapy treatments
· Verify equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines
About Nuclear Medicine
Nuclear medicine is a branch of diagnostic imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, via injection or ingestion, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and other abnormalities within the body.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.
About the ACR
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.