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May 2, 2007

MRH WOMEN'S CENTER RECEIVES ACCREDITATION

        

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Women’s Center at Maury Regional Hospital has been awarded another three-year term of accreditation in both mammography and breast ultrasound services as a result of recent surveys by the American College of Radiology (ACR), according to Dana Salters, women’s services coordinator.

"I am so pleased that the Women's Center has been awarded ACR accreditation in breast ultrasound and re-accreditation in mammography.  This certainly assures our patients quality care in all aspects of breast imaging," said Salters.

Mammograms and breast ultrasound procedures are conducted by radiologic technologists with advanced training in these areas of diagnostic imaging and are evaluated by board-certified radiologists on the medical staff. The Women's Center staff consists of eight technologists, two of whom are trained in breast ultrasound, and a women’s health specialist who is a licensed nurse practitioner. There are a total of 10 board certified radiologists on the medical staff, all of who are qualified to interpret mammography.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

The Women’s Center in the Outpatient Pavilion conducts mammograms, breast biopsy procedures, ultrasound and bone density studies.  The center also houses an educational library with a variety of brochures, videos and Internet access for all aspects of women’s health. Another service provided by the center is a wig bank for women undergoing treatment for cancer. For more information about the services available in the Women’s Center, call 931.540.4166.

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