American College of Radiology Awards Full Accreditation to Stafford Hospital

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Stafford Hospital Radiology has been accredited by the American College of Radiology in all modalities.

Stafford Hospital received full accreditation in all imaging modalities by the American College of Radiology as of February 2012. This includes accreditation in nuclear medicine, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound (sonography) and mammography.

Stafford Hospital is only three years old, and accreditation is difficult for facilities of any age. However between August 2011 and February 2012 all modalities had received ACR accreditation. “The process of submitting the applications for accreditation in each modality is a very rigorous endeavor, and our team was committed to achieving accreditation in just six months,” says Donna Morris, Administrative Director of Hospital Imaging Services. “Our goal is to always provide superior quality imaging by highly trained professionals, keep radiation dose as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA), and provide services that are safe and customer focused. ACR accreditation is validation of that.”

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.

Mary Washington Hospital, sister hospital to Stafford Hospital, also maintains ACR accreditation in all imaging modalities.

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Mary Washington Healthcare is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides inpatient and outpatient care through over 40 facilities and services including Mary Washington Hospital, a 437 regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community hospital. Mary Washington Healthcare is a nonprofit health system and has a long-standing commitment to provide care regardless of ability to pay. For more information about our services and facilities, please log onto http://www.MaryWashingtonHealthcare.com.

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.

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