Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles Earns ACR Accreditation
(NILES) — Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles 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).
“This means our patients can expect the same level of expert care that they would from any larger institution, but with a hometown feel from caregivers they know and trust,” said Kellee Ferry, CNMT, Lead Nuclear Technologist at Niles. ”It’s a great team achievement that validates we are providing the very best care.”
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, 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.
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 healthcare services.
About Lakeland HealthCare
Lakeland HealthCare is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes four hospitals, an outpatient surgery center, rehabilitation centers, long-term care residencies, hospice, home care services, and physician practices. Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph and Lakeland Community Hospital, Niles are in the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® as ranked by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. Lakeland has over 4,000 employees who provide clinical and support services at locations throughout southwest Michigan, and partners with more than 400 affiliated physicians and other providers. For more information, visit www.lakelandhealth.org.