Parrish Healthcare is marking 10 years as an accredited breast imaging
center of excellence, a decade in which more than 92,000 exams have received
the “highest level of image quality and safety,” according
to the nation’s premier imaging accrediting organization.
In 2009, Parrish Medical Center (PMC) first earned American College of
Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation. Today
the earned accreditation is in the name of Parrish Healthcare, an integrated
care organization that includes PMC, Parrish Medical Group physicians,
Parrish Healthcare diagnostic centers, and other health care providers
working together to ensure well-coordinated, unified patient care.
“The difference between talking about imaging excellence and proving
it is a great deal of hard work by professionals with one objective: protecting
the health of patients,” said Drew Waterman, Vice President of Ambulatory
Services. “ACR accreditation is hard to achieve. The standards are
high, and they should be high.
“Accreditation is a voluntary program, and we challenged ourselves
to achieve that goal,” Waterman said. “To earn accreditation
for 10 straight years is important to us in that imaging patients derive
the greatest benefit from a center of excellence.”
ACR accreditation is achieved only by breast imaging centers that have
demonstrated excellence in “all the college’s voluntary, breast-imaging
accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography
Accreditation Program,” the ACR says on its website.
The accreditation process includes peer-review evaluations by imaging experts
who are board-certified physicians and medical physicists. The accreditation
evaluation saw Parrish Healthcare achieve high practice standards in image
quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control
procedures, and quality assurance programs.
“Parrish Healthcare is proud to be one of only two breast imaging centers
in Brevard County to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,
and the only one in north Brevard,” Waterman said.
The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national organization serving
more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists,
nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing
on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as
the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.