Local hospital accredited in CT scans
Twin Cities Community Hospital Receives American College of Radiology Gold Seal
Award recognizes highest level of computed tomography (CT) image quality and patient care
Twin Cities Community Hospital, the local 122-bed acute care hospital delivering medical care for the communities in the north San Luis Obispo County region, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and its Committee on Computed Tomography Accreditation.
A CT scan, sometimes called a CAT scan, is a noninvasive medical test that takes anatomical images and helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Accreditation, a process that typically takes hospitals four to six months to complete, 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.
“The accomplishment represents the culmination of many months of hard work by the Assistant Director David Lovejoy. He worked tirelessly with Radiology Technologist II, Ani Waiters, our radiologists, and the CT technologists to present the required data to the American College of Radiology for review,” says Eleze Armstrong, Director of Imaging Services at Twin Cities Community Hospital. “CT ACR Accreditation assures patients and referring physicians that they are receiving the highest quality services on state-of-the-art equipment.”
In order to receive the accreditation, Twin Cities Community Hospital was assessed for image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs. The findings were reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
Twin Cities Community Hospital CEO Mark Lisa says, “We are proud to receive this gold seal of approval from ACR and to be able to tell North County patients that we are taking every measure possible to get the clearest image of medical issues that technology can provide, for them and their doctors.”
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.