Geary Community Hospital’s Radiology Department Achieves MRI Accreditation  

Rago Radiology at GCH has been awarded accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.

“ACR Accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging said Dr Landes, Chief . Every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, Geary Community Hospital’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. “This is the type of goal my department strives to meet – to show that we want to provide our patients the safest and best quality possible,” said Pat Small, Director of Radiology. “Daniel Vallenavedo, who was instrumental in the MRI accreditation process, began the application in . Since then we’ve implemented additional protocols and standards required by the American College of Radiology. We are currently working on achieving accreditation in our Ultrasound and CT (Computerized Tomography) departments as well. Our mammography department is also ACR accredited.”

“This achievement is another example of our commitment to deliver high quality care to our patients,” said Joe Stratton, GCH . “It’s especially important to note this accreditation achievement is a voluntary effort on behalf of the GCH Radiology Department. We are proud they have gone above and beyond to ensure our patients are receiving the nationally-accepted standards of care.”

Image: (l-r) Pat Small, Director of Radiology, Dr. Pat Landes, Chief , Daniel Vallenavedo,  and Eric Loeb.

GCH Radiology Receives Mammography Chair

The Geary Community Hospital Rago Radiology Department received a mammography chair from Rhonda Sharp, owner of The Mane Thing and Headlines. Throughout the month of October The Mane Thing and Headlines run a breast cancer awareness campaign called “Color for a Cure.”  For every hair color service at both salons, a portion of the proceeds is donated toward the “Color for a Cure” campaign. Those proceeds are used to purchase equipment through the Geary Community  Foundation related to breast health and wellness, such as the mammography chair.

“After visiting with Pat Small and patients among the community, it became aware to me that this chair is a valid need in our GCH Radiology Department,” said Jolana Montgomery-Matney, Executive Director of the Geary Community  Foundation. “This was a great opportunity to designate “Color for a Cure” campaign funds toward the chair and meet the needs of our GCH patients and families. It’s also a prime example of the several services the Geary Community  Foundation provides. We keep up to date on the community health and connect the dots between our patient’s needs and generous donors among the community.”

“This chair is very special to have, it is helpful for our patients and improves their experience here at GCH,” said Joe Stratton, GCH chief executive officer. “Some of our patients cannot stand for very long and can make the mammogram difficult to conduct. The adjustable mammography chair allows patients to sit comfortably and have their exam completed effectively.”

Image:  (l-r) Pat Small, Director of GCH Radiology, Rhonda Sharp, Owner of The Mane Thing and Headlines and Jolana Montgomery-Matney, Executive Director of the Geary Community Foundation.