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Jennings Sunday: St. Vincent earns accreditations

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NORTH VERNON — The American College of Radiology has awarded St. Vincent Jennings Hospital three-year accreditation in both magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography.

Both imaging devices are noninvasive medical tests that produce images of specific areas of the body to help physicians diagnose and tailor treatments to help patients with a range of medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety, according to a St. Vincent spokesperson. It is awarded only to facilities that meet the college’s practice guidelines and technical standards.

The seal was awarded after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. During the evaluation, assessments are made in image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

The findings were reported to the college’s committee on accreditation, which subsequently provided St. Vincent Jennings with a comprehensive report that will be used for continuous practice improvement.

“The accreditations from ACR recognize the commitment of St. Vincent Jennings to provide outstanding care to our patients and our community,” said Terri Everage, radiology manager at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital. “Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our associates and medical staff, we are proud to achieve this distinction.”

The American College of Radiology is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic and intervention radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists.

The organization’s programs focus on the practice of medical imaging, radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

St. Vincent Jennings Hospital is a 25-bed critical-access hospital in North Vernon that serves the residents of Jennings County and surrounding communities.

The hospital operates a 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency department with observation beds and swing beds. Additional services include outpatient and inpatient surgery, radiology, laboratory and outpatient services. St. Vincent Jennings Hospital joined St. Vincent Health and Ascension Health in September 1999.

The medical facility is also home to one of four air ambulance bases, connecting the critical access hospital’s patients to St. Vincent Health’s highly specialized services such as cardiovascular, neuroscience, pediatrics, women’s and orthopedic care.

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