The Nuclear Medicine program at Long Island Community Hospital has been awarded accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for the next three years.
The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States devoted to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians. The goal of the ACR Nuclear Medicine Accreditation Program is to set quality standards for healthcare facilities and to help them continuously improve the quality of care for their patients.
“This latest quality certification is a testament to our commitment to provide the highest level of quality care services to the community,” states Long Island Community Hospital President and CEO Richard T. Margulis. “The ACR’s Committee on Nuclear Medicine Accreditation evaluates the qualifications of our personnel, our equipment, image quality, and our quality control measures through a rigorous set of testing criteria. Accreditation is only granted to facilities who meet all of those measures.”
Cardiologists from Long Island Community Hospital’s Knapp Cardiac Care Center apply nuclear imaging to perform a variety of non-invasive diagnostics, including stress testing to assess blood flow of the coronary arteries and scanning to determine the damage to heart muscle after a heart attack. It can also detect abnormalities such as leaky heart valves, blood accumulation and fluid around the heart. “Nuclear medicine is also used to detect and evaluate other disorders including tumors, and the functioning of organs like the thyroid, heart, lungs, gallbladder, liver and kidneys.” explains Dr. Wehbeh Wehbeh, Vice President and Chief Quality Medical Officer at Long Island Community Hospital. “These highly advanced imaging diagnostics allow physicians to gather detailed information about a disease or condition that might otherwise require surgery or invasive diagnostic testing.”
Long Island Community Hospital has served this richly diverse region as a patient-first community hospital for more than 60 years. We are 100% focused on the community and committed to providing quality care with our greatly enhanced services reflected through the Knapp Cardiac Care Center – our highly advanced heart disease diagnosis and treatment facility, our new modern surgical pavilion, our level III trauma center, and our high-touch services including women’s imaging, sleep laboratory, wound care and more. These services are delivered with the highest level of compassion by our LI Community Hospital staff – Long Islanders with an unmistakable mix of courage and heart who care about the people right here in our community and whose sole purpose is to provide personalized comfort.