Ocean Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in Two-County Region to Receive Accreditation in All Imaging Modalities

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Ocean Medical Center Becomes First Hospital in Two-County Region to Receive Accreditation in All Imaging Modalities

Breast MRI is among several services acknowledged for exceptional care and quality

Ocean Medical Center has been awarded accreditation in breast MRI as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This achievement marks the ninth and final ACR accreditation that the hospital has earned, making it the only hospital in Ocean and Monmouth counties to be accredited in all nine imaging modalities.

The breast MRI accreditation completes the spectrum of ACR accreditations that an imaging facility can earn. This most recent award adds to Ocean's ACR accreditations for breast ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), mammography, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), stereotactic breast biopsy, and ultrasound. Ocean Medical Center also holds a separate designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

"The ACR golden seal of recognition is synonymous with exceptional performance and dedication by our entire team of board-certified radiologists, qualified technical staff, and management," says Michael Unterman M.D., department chair of radiology at Ocean Medical Center. "We, as a Meridian team, are proud to have earned this distinction and will continue our commitment to providing excellence in diagnostic imaging and patient care."

Patients receiving treatment or testing at an ACR-accredited imaging facility can be assured that they are receiving the best care provided by an entire team of dedicated professionals, reflecting their investment and commitment to providing exceptional medical imaging technology, patient care, and service to the community.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, VA, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-reviewed 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 subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The Imaging Services Pavilion at Ocean Medical Center provides a full array of services with convenient hours, including x-ray, PET/CT and CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology. Ocean is also home to the Women's Imaging Pavilion, which is dedicated to the specialized health needs of women, such as digital mammography, breast MRI, bone density, ultrasound, and stereotactic surgery. For information about imaging services at Ocean Medical Center, call 732-836-4025.

About Ocean Medical Center

Standing out as a premier medical center along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus, all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation's most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The Medical Center has begun a four-level Master Facility Plan that will transform the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in 1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing community and health care landscape.