LENOIR, NC — Caldwell Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in both ultrasound and in computed tomography (CT) as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems. CT scanning — sometimes called CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
A member of the nationally-recognized UNC Health Care System since May 1, 2013, Caldwell Memorial Hospital is the private, not-for-profit community hospital located in Lenoir, North Carolina. Since opening in January of 1951, it has continued to grow and change in order to meet the healthcare needs of its community. Anchored by a high-quality 110-bed acute care hospital and a provider network of more than sixty primary and specialty care physicians and advanced practice professionals, the mission of Caldwell Memorial Hospital is to provide safe, effective, compassionate care and to promote healthy lifestyles to its community.