Franciscan Alliance Facility Earns American College of Radiology Accreditation

rot3Franciscan Healthcare Munster’s outpatient Imaging Department located at the Munster Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scans, sometimes called CAT scans, are a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

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. “Our newest accreditation demonstrates Franciscan Alliance’s commitment to safety and quality,” says Barb Greene, President of Franciscan Healthcare-Munster.

As part of the peer-review process, 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. “The staff worked extremely hard to gain this accreditation to benefit our patients,” said Kimberly Grantner, Imaging Manager.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.

Franciscan Healthcare-Munster is a part of Mishawaka-based Franciscan Alliance. Other Franciscan Alliance Northern Indiana Region hospitals include Franciscan St. Margaret Health-Dyer and Hammond, Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Crown Point and Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City.