November 29, 2010

Harrington HealthCare at Charlton Receives ACR Accreditation for Full-Field Digital Mammography

November 29, 2010, Southbridge, Mass. - Harrington HealthCare at Charlton has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Digital Mammography, as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

"We have credentialed technologist and you can rest assured you are in the best of hands when it comes to diagnostic imaging," said Jackie Wilkinson, Breast Imaging Supervisor at Harrington. "We are excited to provide such a high level of mammography services to the community."

The accreditation came shortly after Harrington finished celebrating National Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October. Digital Mammography is considered the gold standard of breast health testing, offering advanced technology and sharper images for routine screenings or diagnostic studies. Harrington's Southbridge and Webster campuses also offer Digital Mammography with Soft Touch Mammo Pads - a cushioned pad applied to the compression plate before a mammogram, significantly decreasing patient discomfort while retaining clear image quality.
"Our goal is to continue to provide advanced patient care services locally," said Ed Moore, Harrington HealthCare System President and CEO. "Becoming ACR accredited in digital mammography is a great accomplishment, and one more way we are helping our patients stay local for quality services and treatment."

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

Harrington radiology services are provided through a partnership with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).