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Saint Agnes earns two new gold seal accreditations
Start Date
01/04/2012
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2012

For more information, contact:
Kelley Sanchez
(559) 450-2085 (office); (559) 779-6015 (cell)
kelley.sanchez@samc.com

Saint Agnes earns two new gold seal accreditations
Saint Agnes becomes first Medical Center in greater Fresno to receive
American College of Radiology accreditations in Breast MRI and Nuclear Medicine

Fresno, CA – Saint Agnes Medical Center recently earned two noteworthy three-year accreditations by the American College of Radiology – one in Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and another in Nuclear Medicine – becoming the first Medical Center in the greater Fresno area to earn either distinction.

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 all part of the assessment.

"Accreditations like these are extremely rewarding for our staff and physicians," says Stephen Soldo, MD, Chief Medical Officer. "And for the community, they serve as another strong indicator of the high level of patient safety and quality care they can expect at Saint Agnes."

MRI of the breast is used to offer valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound. Nuclear medicine 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.

Saint Agnes Medical Center also has ACR accreditation in ultrasound. The Saint Agnes Diagnostic Breast Center is also ACR-accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and breast ultrasound biopsy, which earns it the esteemed distinction of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

For more information about the either ACR accreditation or to arrange an interview, call Kelley Sanchez, (559) 450-2085
or (559) 779-6015.

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