|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
October 12, 2011
Jacobi Medical Center Named Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
by American College of Radiology
Full Accreditation Also Awarded to Jacobi’s Breast Ultrasound, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy and Mammography Modalities
Bronx, NY – Jacobi Medical Center, a member of the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR has also awarded a three-year full accreditation to Jacobi for its Breast Ultrasound, Stereotactic Breast Biopsy and Mammography modalities.
Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Jacobi has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
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.
Our Imaging Service is at the forefront in use of technologic innovation. Digital imaging equipment for mammography is supplemented by modern breast ultrasound units and breast MRI facilities,” said Dr. Miriam David, Director of Women’s Imaging, Jacobi Medical Center. “Achieving such designation tells breast cancer patients and their families that we go above and beyond the standard of care.”
According to Dr. David, patients with suspicious findings are immediately referred for further investigation and evaluations. “Jacobi has state of the art equipment to support a sophisticated biopsy program, and we try to provide a supportive and caring environment as our patients undergo imaging evaluations,” says Dr. David. "When malignancies are found, patients can access our excellent Breast Surgery service, headed by Dr. Maria Castaldi, as well as reconstructive plastic surgeons and the specialty services of medical oncologists and radiation therapists."
For more information about Women’s Imaging at Jacobi Medical Center, please call (718) 918-4716.
About Jacobi Medical Center
Jacobi Medical Center is part of HHC’s North Bronx Healthcare Network, which includes North Central Bronx Hospital. A 457-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jacobi offers numerous centers of excellence including its renowned trauma center, multi-person hyperbaric unit, burn center, surgical intensive care unit, stroke center and regional perinatal center. Jacobi’s new Ambulatory Care Pavilion is a stunning complement to its recently constructed inpatient facility and allows staff to provide outpatients with high-quality care in a modern, state-of-the-art environment.
About The American College of Radiology
The 34,000 members of the American College of Radiology include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. For over three quarters of a century, the ACR has devoted its resources to making imaging safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.
The mission of the ACR is to serve patients and society by maximizing the value of radiology, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and medical physics by advancing the science of radiology, improving the quality of patient care, positively influencing the socio-economics of the practice of radiology, providing continuing education for radiology and allied health professions and conducting research for the future of radiology.