First on the West Coast: Providence Portland honored for diagnostic imaging

November 17, 2014

Patients needing imaging services will find nationally recognized care at Providence Portland Medical Center. The American College of Radiology, or ACR, awarded Providence Portland the designation of Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence. This is only the tenth such award in the nation, and the first on the west coast.

Providence Portland Medical Center’s diagnostic imaging team performs 180,000 exams a year, including radiology, mammography, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, bone density tests, nuclear medicine procedures and PET scans. 

“Every one of our caregivers is committed to serving our patients with compassionate and excellent care,” said Mary Savage, diagnostic imaging director, Oregon Region. “This designation is an honor and it recognizes the hard work of the imaging team.”

The recognition comes after an ACR survey team met with Providence Portland imaging staff, including the radiology medical director, radiation safety officer, regional director, site administrator, physicians and a team of lead technologists. The day-long review included a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes.

The three-year designation calls out excellence in multiple areas, including superior patient care, the professional staff, technology, emphasis on quality improvement and the policies and procedures the organization follows.

“Providence Portland is just the beginning,” said Savage. “We are working with our other seven hospitals in Oregon to earn the same designation, which will reflect the same high quality of imaging care to all of our patients throughout the state”

In order to receive this elite distinction, Providence Portland is accredited by the ACR in all forms of imaging provided at the center. It also engages in ongoing self-assessment and improvement by maintaining and monitoring a regional quality improvement dashboard, conducting process improvement projects and participating in the National Mammography Database, Dose Index Registry and General Radiology Improvement Database, as well as Image Wisely and Image Gently.

The ACR was founded in 1924 and devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it.‚Äč