Lung Cancer Screening Center recognized

Good Samaritan has been designated an ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer. Good Samaritan is one of 10 hospitals in the state of Indiana to receive this designation.

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs. “I am very excited that we have received this designation,” said Patricia Inyart, Clinical Research Manager and Lung Screen Coordinator at Good Samaritan. “Receiving this recognition and adhering to the guidelines set forth by the ACR illustrates how determined we are to help those who are at risk for lung cancer. If there is a chance that a patient has cancer, we want to be able to find it as quickly as possible so we are better able to treat the disease.”

Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans and appropriate follow-up care can significantly reduce lung cancer deaths. A clinical trial sponsored by The National Cancer Institute demonstrated that patients determined to be at "high risk" of developing lung cancer who received LDCT scans as opposed to standard chest x-rays had a 20% reduction in death associated with lung cancer. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Good Samaritan, please call 812-885-3638.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.

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ABOUT GOOD SAMARITAN
Good Samaritan, Knox County’s largest employer, is licensed for 239 in-house patients. Annually, Good Samaritan Hospital has more than 440,000 outpatient visits and an additional 35,000 plus visits to its emergency room. The hospital offers a wide scope of medical services. From thoracic surgery to the birth of a baby, this growing health care provider balances quality patient care with preventive education to fulfill its mission. Consistently ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in patient satisfaction, Good Samaritan Hospital provides a superb level of care while maintaining fiscal integrity and expanding facilities to meet the needs of the community. For more information, visit www.gshvin.org.

Mission: Provide excellent health care and promote healing through trusting relationships.
Vision: To be recognized as the regional center of excellence for health care.

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