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Published on April 02, 2013

UHS imaging earns national ultrasound and vascular imaging recognition

UHS News Release

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Contact:  Linda Lewis-Moors, 337-4093 or linda_lewis-moors@uhs.org

April 2, 2013

 


UHS imaging earns national ultrasound and vascular imaging recognition


The American College of Radiology (ACR) has awarded UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Wilson Medical Center and UHS Vestal a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound and vascular imaging as a result of extensive reviews.

Ultrasound/vascular imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury or other medical problems.

Joan Hensberry, Manager, UHS Imaging Department, explained the significance of this accreditation and the process that the sites undergo to achieve it.  “This accreditation, which is known as the ACR gold seal of accreditation, represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.  To achieve it, candidates must demonstrate that they meet ACR practice guidelines and technical standards.  This is accomplished through a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.”  These experts assess image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. They report their findings to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which then provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement. Joan added, “For UHS, the personnel qualifications include that all of our sonographers and vascular technologists are licensed professionals and credentialed in their specialties.”

The two hospitals received their accreditation notice at the end of 2012, and UHS Vestal received theirs in March.  Joan stated that the gold seal accreditation is one more way UHS ensures quality patient care and safety. “Everyone on the UHS imaging team is dedicated to superior, patient-centered care.”

 

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and healthcare system serving Greater Binghamton and surrounding counties. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.

 

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