Heidi Press, Public Relations Specialist
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
44405 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341
SJMO Awarded CT Accreditation
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Facilities Earn Three-Year Accreditation For Computed Tomography
Accreditation Recognizes Highest Level of Image Quality and Patient Safety
Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) announces that four of its facilities have each been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as a result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.
CT scans provide physicians with more information than traditional X-rays. A CT scan combines a series of X-ray views taken from many different angles to produce cross-sectional images (“slices”) of the bones and soft tissues inside the body. The scans are painless and generally only take a few minutes.
The four accredited SJMO sites are:
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, main hospital, 44405 Woodward, Pontiac, for adult and pediatric patients: head/neck, chest, abdomen and cardiac
SJMO Alice Gustafson Center for ambulatory surgery, 44405 Woodward, Pontiac, for adult patients: head/neck, chest, abdomen
SJMO Diagnostic Center-West Bloomfield, 2400 Haggerty Rd., Suite 1050, for adult patients: head/neck, chest, abdomen
SJMO Diagnostic Center-Berkley, 1695 W. 12 Mile Rd., Suite 105, for adult patients: head/neck, chest, abdomen and cardiac.
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 after 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 it can use for continuous practice improvement.
SJMO also was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent ACR review. SJMO is one of 10 facilities in the state of Michigan to earn this distinction. MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.
SJMO holds National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation for its breast cancer program and the hospital’s Breast Imaging Center was one of the first Breast Imaging Center of Excellence programs in the state recognized by the ACR.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.
About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.
For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit stjoesoakland.org.
About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.
A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission-based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit stjoeshealth.org.