Four Providence hospitals among 104 in the world recognized for excellence in diagnostic imaging

July 10, 2015
Four Providence hospitals in the Portland have each been designated as a “Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence” by The American College of Radiology, or ACR. The four Providence hospitals – Providence Portland Medical Center, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital – are among eight on the West Coast and only 104 in the world to achieve this honor. 

“Every one of our caregivers is committed to serving our patients and physicians with compassionate and excellent care,” said Mary Savage, diagnostic imaging director for Providence in Oregon. “This designation is a special honor for each of our sites because it recognizes the hard work of the imaging team and the expertise of our radiologists.”             

The four Providence hospitals perform nearly 220,000 exams a year, including radiology, mammography, CT scans, MRIs, ultrasounds, bone density tests, nuclear medicine procedures and PET scans. 

“We are continually investing in new technologies to provide world-class care for our patients and the most advanced tools for our clinicians,” said Savage. Providence St. Vincent recently added 3D mammography and the Revolution CT scanner, which provides high-quality images and fast results. Providence Portland will begin installing 3D mammography in September and Providence Milwaukie began offering 3D mammography in 2011. 

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