September 20, 2017
Rusk County Memorial Hospital’s (RCMH) Imaging Department earned a perfect accreditation score for the FDA Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection. This honor is a direct result of RCMH achieving a 100% compliance rating with all FDA requirements for their mammography services.
“The key to a successful prognosis for breast cancer is early detection,” says Shelley Barg, Imaging Manager. “For this reason, it is essential to do everything possible to ensure patients receive high quality mammography. Accreditation through the American College of Radiology (ACR) as well as successful results in the annual FDA Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection can reassure patients and referring physicians that this is the case.”
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, good communication, excellent documentation and dedication. The FDA inspector thanked the RCMH mammography team for their outstanding dedication to patient care and organized record keeping. This team at RCMH includes Shelley Barg RT(R)(M), Karna Mortimer RT(R)(M), Julie vanDoorn RT(R) and Gretchen Pospisil RT(R).