Good Samaritan’s Lung Cancer Screening Program has been designated
a 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.
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 its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure.
Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such
as counseling and smoking cessation programs.
“Because we value our patients, they in turn put their trust in us.
We then, want to provide them with the best possible care,” said
Patty Inyart, Lung Screening Coordinator. “Having and maintaining
our status as a Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center through recognized
leaders in standards like the American College of Radiology (ACR) is another
way for us to demonstrate our commitment to this trust.”
Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate
follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. In December
2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening
of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history
and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Lung cancer
is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of
more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.
“Prevention is very important to the health care services we provide
at Good Samaritan,” said Rob McLin, President and CEO. “We
strive to promote health and wellness and our Lung Cancer Screening Program
helps us achieve this goal. I am really proud of Patty Inyart and our
radiology and oncology team for all of their hard work and for receiving
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.