Mammography Technologists Jaime Weikert and Penny Shope
J.C. Blair’s Mammography Accredited
The American College of Radiology (ACR) granted a new three (3) year term of Accreditation to the Mammography department at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital.
The ACR 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 accordance with the requirements of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) all mammography facilities must be certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The breast imaging facilities at J.C. Blair are fully accredited.
J.C. Blair provides over 5,000 mammograms a year in its ACR accredited facility. “It requires hard work from a lot of people to maintain the quality needed to continue the certification of the ACR accreditation,” said Maria Pettinger, M.D. Chief of Radiology. Larry Garman, Director of Imaging, stressed how diligent the mammography team has to work together in order to ensure the continuation of the accreditation. “For a small community hospital, the team provides the level of care that the ACR demands,” said Garman.
“The women of Huntingdon County who choose to have their mammograms at J.C. Blair can be assured that the quality of breast health care they receive is very important to us,” states Penny Shope, RT, (R)(M)(QM), J.C. Blair Mammography Service Leader. “The high level of testing and documentation necessary to maintain this accreditation is well worth the effort, knowing that we provide an excellent mammographic service to our patients.”
“The ACR accreditation is definitely a team effort. J.C. Blair Radiologists Dr. Maria Pettinger and Dr. Francis Pessolano work closely with our Mammography Technologists Jaime Weikert and Jenny Doyle,” Shope continued. “ACR, MQSA and FDA requirements are very challenging and we are proud that the accreditation recognizes our continued commitment to provide quality breast health care.”
The Mammography Department at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital is committed to continue improving the quality of mammography. In the future, the program plans to add digital mammography to further enhance J.C. Blair’s mammography program for area residents.
To schedule a mammogram at J.C. Blair, contact the Radiology Department at 643-8624.