Mercy Medical Center – Dubuque was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (B-MRI). MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound. In addition, the Department of Imaging Services at Mercy has earned re-accreditation in both computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) following a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
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.
In other news, Mercy received its seventh consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. Spring grades were announced in April. This seventh consecutive “A” confirms Mercy’s ongoing commitment to protecting patients from errors, injuries, and infections.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. To see the full list of grades, visit HospitalSafetyScore.org.