Mercy Medical Center receives accreditation in nuclear medicine


March 13, 2013
Mercy Medical Center's Mark A. Costa, CNMT; Marina K. Huse, CNMT, ARRT (N) (MR); Mary E. Garlo, CNMT, NCT, ARRT(N); Vanessa L. Manual, CNMT; Jayson St. Jacques, M.D., section chief, Nuclear Medicine, Mercy Medical Center.

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SPRINGFIELD – Mercy Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, given to the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.

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.

"At Mercy Medical Center, we are committed to providing our patients with high quality care every day. By voluntarily submitting to the ACR's rigorous review process, Mercy has gained independent confirmation that our nuclear medicine department and staff meet or exceed quality assurance and safety guidelines," Jayson St. Jacques, MD, section chief, Nuclear Medicine, Mercy Medical Center, said.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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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