Providence St. Peter Hospital MRI Team awarded continued ACR Accreditation

June 20, 2023 Providence News Team

Accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

SOUTH PUGET SOUND — Providence St. Peter Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. 

Keeping and maintaining ACR accreditation ensures we are providing the highest quality imaging for our patients,” said Rachael Montes, MRI technologist. “ACR Accreditation is the ‘gold standard’ of imaging and we are very proud our team is able to provide this level of imaging and care for our patients.”

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 Parameters 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 that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

Maintaining our ACR accreditation sets us up for success and lets our community know that we implement safe staffing levels and safety procedures, so our patients have the best MRI experience possible,” added Montes. “Additionally, ACR prompts us to keep high diagnostic image quality standards in line with other ACR accredited MRI departments in our area.”

The American College of Radiology, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The ACR serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

About St. Peter Hospital

Providence St. Peter Hospital is a 372-bed, not-for-profit regional teaching hospital founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1887. It is the largest hospital in the South Puget Sound and is a three-time Magnet® recognized hospital. The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes the top health care organizations in the nation for providing nursing excellence. Only two other hospitals in Washington have garnered this honor. As part of the Providence Swedish family, St. Peter is more than a hospital; it’s part of a powerful network of skilled physicians, award-winning care centers, advanced clinical research, and breakthrough treatments. It’s world-class care, from people who care for you. At Providence Swedish, there is a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.

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