2011-04-08 / Community

SJEH Gets Three-Year Ultrasound Accreditation

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help doctors diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems.

“St. John’s Imaging Department is proud to have attained this advanced accreditation in ultrasound,” said Paul Dupont, MD, chairman of the Department of Imaging at St. John’s. “The credit goes to the guidance of Patty Gillespie, administrative director, and especially to the excellent work of our lead ultrasound technologist, Jill Vahab, and the entire staff of ultrasound technologists who work hard and diligently to produce excellent images,” he added.

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, following 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 assessedby the professionals. 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.

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