Good Samaritan Hospital Scores 100% in Federal Mammography Quality Standards

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Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. has received the highest rating possible from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration in its annual MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act) inspection, achieving a perfect 100% score. The evaluation of Good Samaritan Hospital’s mammography program resulted in a determination of the facility being in “full compliance” with all standards. This status is achieved by only approximately two-thirds of all programs nationally.

Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. has received the highest rating possible from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration in its annual MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act) inspection, achieving a perfect 100% score.

To earn the MQSA distinction, the program was evaluated in six major areas: equipment performance, technologist quality control, medical physicist survey, personnel qualifications, medical reports and outcome audits. The objective of the MQSA and its implementation, through standards and inspections, is to support continuous improvement in mammography services. The evaluation of Good Samaritan Hospital’s mammography program resulted in a determination of the facility being in “full compliance” with all standards. This status is achieved by only approximately two-thirds of all programs nationally.

The hospital’s mammography services, which are under the direction of the Department of Radiology, recently assumed custody of the medical records and films from patients of Dr. Noah Weg, a local radiologist whose practice closed in July. Even with this influx, the program achieved a perfect score, and was commended by the FDA evaluators.

Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator at Good Samaritan Hospital commented, "Good Samaritan Hospital is proud of its Department of Radiology and our Women’s Health Center which provide both screening and diagnostic mammography to the women of our service area. This Certification, and the perfect score achieved, further validate our belief that we are providing the very best care available to the women of our community."

On October 1, 1994, the United States Congress approved the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) that requires mammography facilities to adhere to strict quality standards. MQSA was created by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and requires any facility that provides mammograms to be accredited by the FDA or an FDA-approved accreditation body, be certified by the FDA or the State, receive annual MQSA inspections, and display its FDA certification in a prominent area. Certification means that a mammography facility has met the MQSA requirements for providing quality mammography.

For more information on the MQSA, please visit the FDA Web site at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/mammography

In addition, Good Samaritan Hospital’s Department of Radiology’s mammography services were recently evaluated by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and received continued accreditation by that prestigious review board. The ACR accreditation of mammography programs is required annually.

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation’s leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about The Women’s Health Center or radiology services at Good Samaritan Hospital, visit their website at http://www.goodsamhosp.org, or contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.

Media Contact: John Lonsdorf, R&J Public Relations, (908) 722-5757.

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