October 8th, 2014
The Radiology department at New London Hospital (NLH) has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). NLH is the first hospital in New Hampshire and one of 19 hospitals in the country to achieve the DICOE.
The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels - including the professional staff, the technology and the policies and procedures the organization follows - and superior patient care.
"It's quite an achievement for a Critical Access Hospital to be recognized for the quality of its technology and professional staff from the American College of Radiology," commented Radiologist and New London Hospital Medical Staff President, Kris Eschbach, DO. "Not only does New London Hospital understand the importance of investing in innovative technology for our patients but the technologists have gone above and beyond to achieve advanced certifications, bringing an even higher level of quality care to the communities we serve."
To receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in all modalities they provide and in which the ACR offers an accreditation program. For NLH, the modalities include Computed Tomography (CT Scan), Digital Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound. Another requirement is to participate in two national radiology data registries to help facilities measure progress and document quality of service. By participating in the registries, hospitals help to identify opportunities for improvement around important areas such as patient wait times.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.