Good Samaritan Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation

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 this designation.”

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.

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