Southeast Georgia Health System Program Receives ACR Accreditation

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Dec. 22, 2008 – The nuclear medicine program at the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive substances to examine organ function and structure.

“The ACR Accreditation is a rigorous review process and validates that our facility meets nationally accepted standards of care,” says interventional radiologist Terry Reynolds, MD, chief, Department of Radiology for the Brunswick Campus. “Patients can rest assured that they are getting the best care from a compassionate group of professionals using the latest testing equipment and techniques.”

James Conlan, MD, a member of the Brunswick Campus medical staff, served as the supervising radiologist for the accreditation process, says the ACR has the most established and widely recognized accreditation program. “ACR Accreditation is the gold standard for any nuclear medicine program,” Conlan says. “Our participation provides a solid foundation for our continuous commitment to improving outcomes and patient safety.”

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., 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.

In addition to the ACR Accreditation, Karen Beaver, director of Imaging Services at the Health System’s Brunswick Campus says the Nuclear Medicine Department is licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Radioactive Materials Program. “We are licensed by the DNR and are surveyed by them every two years to makes sure we are storing and handling all of our radioactive materials properly,” Beaver says. “Having this oversight, as well as having the ACR Accreditation, allows our patients to feel confident that they are getting safe, effective care.”

For more information about the nuclear medicine program at Southeast Georgia Health System, visit www.sghs.org. For more information about ACR, contact Shawn Farley at 703-648-8936 or sfarley@acr.org.