Radiology Department earns prestigious Nuclear Medicine accreditation
CLEBURNE –Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne’s radiology department has earned accreditation in nuclear medicine after a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
“Achieving the ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation shows an ongoing commitment to achieving the highest level of image quality and patient safety,” said Lee Lennington, radiology director.
After committing to participate in the ACR’s voluntary evaluation process, programs are assessed on: image quality; procedure evaluations; facility equipment; quality control procedures; quality assurance programs; and personnel qualifications. The evaluation process includes a peer-review, which is conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation.
According to Lennington, the rigorous and comprehensive application process took nearly two years to complete. “All the hard work was worth it, because the safety of our patients and employees is of utmost importance.”
The nuclear medicine accreditation program entails various radiology specialties, which include computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.
“The dedication and diligence of our employees and physicians on the medical staff resulted in this achievement,” said Blake Kretz, FACHE, Texas Health Cleburne president. “We successfully completed a demanding review process to show our commitment to meeting and even exceeding nationally-accepted standards of care.”
“It’s imperative that personnel are well qualified, too,” said Dr. Ron Alexander, medical director of Texas Health Cleburne’s radiology department and a radiologist on the medical staff. “By evaluating how well clinicians perform medical imaging, interpret images and administer radiation therapy treatments, this accreditation demonstrates the importance of having knowledgeable individuals addressing the health care needs of our patients.”
Nuclear medicine is used to diagnose and determine treatment for a multitude of diseases, which include heart disease, neurological disorders, cancers and other abnormalities of the body. The hospital’s accreditation lasts until August 2016.
About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.