Augusta Health Earns ACR Reaccreditation

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Augusta Health has been awarded another three-year term of Gold Seal Accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) after a review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to produce images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluations 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 provides the facility with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous improvement.

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 healthcare services.

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades for clinical excellence and patient safety. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at (540) 245-7329 or (540) 221-7329, or visit the Augusta Health website.