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