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WCA Hospital Receives
American College of Radiology Accreditation

Jennifer Martin, WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology student; Liz Clark, Tina Skoczlas, Sally Hetrick, WCA Hospital Ultrasound Technologists; Terry Moore, WCA Sr. Ultrasound Technologist.

WCA Hospital is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 3-year term of accreditation in Ultrasound as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital's successful accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained board-certified physicians and medical physicists who evaluate all aspects of the program to be sure it meets the rigorous requirements set by the association.

"The ACR accreditation demonstrates our continued pledge to build the strongest medical community possible," said Betsy T. Wright, 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 American College of Radiology, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

"Accreditation assesses the overall quality of a practice, including personnel, equipment, quality assurance (QA) activities, and ultimately the quality of patient care," said Arl Van Moore, Jr, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors. "With nearly 16,000 accredited facilities across the United States, the ACR has the unique experience and infrastructure to help providers meet the new UnitedHealthcare standard in a timely, efficient manner."

The ACR has a long history of providing accreditation for diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology going back as far as 1963. In 1994, the ACR became the only national accrediting body for mammography accreditation approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Mammography Quality Standards Act. Quality standards for mammography facilities have been credited with saving tens of thousands of women's lives. Based on the mammography program's success and the wide variation observed both in image services and in the quality provided by health care facilities, the ACR developed other, modality-specific accreditation programs. These programs include Radiation Oncology (1987), Ultrasound (1995), Stereotactic Breast Biopsy (1996), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (1996), Breast Ultrasound (1998), Nuclear Medicine (1999), Computed Tomography (2002) and Radiography/Fluoroscopy (2002).

"This recognition is a tribute to the expertise of our entire ultrasound team who work collaboratively to ensure that we deliver state-of-the-art, high-quality care to our patients," said Betsy Wright.

The WCA Hospital's Women Imaging Services provides ultrasound and mammography including stereotactic breast biopsy, which is a less invasive and less traumatic procedure for women. Bone Densitometry, a test for osteoporosis, is also available through a state-of-the-art DEXA Scanner. For more information on WCA Women's Imaging services, call Public Relations at (716) 664-8614.

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