Last updated: July 17. 2013 6:09PM - 483 Views
Karlie Belle Price
For The Coal Valley News

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The Radiology Department at Boone Memorial Hospital recently finished its renewal process for the mammography accreditation and was granted a 3-year certification from the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Food and Drug Administration.

“Three years is the maximum certification they can grant,” explained Radiology Director, Greg Zornes. The process is actually quite involved. When they come in to do the inspection they check our equipment and the QA (Quality Assurance) program, which basically means making sure our Radiologist Technologists are following proper procedures and meeting standards. We also have to send images of actual patients to make sure our positioning is good and the quality of our pictures meets their standards. There were no deficiencies found in any of these areas. We were very pleased. The hard work and dedication of our Radiology Technologists, Lora Ballard, Angie Chafin and Lisa Pratt is the main reason we achieved this excellent rating,” Zornes added.

Lora and Angie both have received their certification in mammography and Lisa is in the process.

“Basically the three of them are able to perform any kind of mammogram,” added Greg.

Zornes told us that he has to keep things constantly updated to receive the accreditation. “It is an ongoing daily process; it’s never ending.”

CEO of Boone Memorial Hospital, Tommy Mullins raved about the Radiology Department’s performance.

“This is great news for BMH and the community. We have excellent techs here who do an amazing job. The word is out in the community that we have a quality radiology department and the service patients receive here is top notch. I never get a complaint.”

Boone Memorial Hospital offers State-of-the-Art Digital Mammography and half price mammograms every October in honor of breast cancer awareness month. To schedule your next mammogram please contact the BMH Radiology Department at 304-369-8805.

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