RCMH Digital Mammography Department Earn Perfect Accreditation Score

August 12, 2016

Rusk County Memorial Hospital’s (RCMH) Imaging Department was recently found to be 100% in compliance with all FDA requirements for their mammography services, earning a perfect accreditation score for the FDA Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection.

To be accredited to perform mammography, the department must undergo a periodic review of clinical images, have an annual survey by a medical physicist and meet federally developed quality standards for personnel qualifications, equipment, radiation doses, quality assurance programs, recordkeeping and reporting.

A perfect accreditation score requires exceptional teamwork, superb documentation and dedication by the entire mammography team. The FDA inspector commended the staff, stating their “remarkable commitment to providing quality mammography to patients was second to none.”  He also thanked the mammography team for their “outstanding commitment and superbly organized recordkeeping.” The mammography team consists of Shelley Barg RT(R)(M), Jessi Hanson RT(R), Kayla Katze RT(R), Gretchen Pospisil RT(R) and Julie vanDoorn RT(R).

The key to a successful prognosis for breast cancer is early detection,” says Shelley Barg, Imaging Department Manager. “For this reason, it is essential to do everything possible to ensure our patients receive safe, reliable and high quality services. We take great pride in providing quality mammography.”