Belton Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—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). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.
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. 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.
“Belton Regional Medical Center is proud to earn this top level of accreditation for the imaging services we provide,” says Todd Krass, Chief Executive Officer, Belton Regional Medical Center. “Patient safety and high-quality services are pillars of the care we deliver to patients and their families in the community.”
According to Joy Sandborn, Medical Imaging Director, Belton Regional Medical Center, the ACR accreditation reinforces the hospital’s reputation as a community leader in nuclear medicine. “Our physicians and staff deliver imaging expertise and compassionate care to patients,” she says. “We continually strive to inspire a high level of confidence in all of our services, and this accreditation reinforces that ongoing commitment we’ve demonstrated to the community for more than 30 years.”
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.
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