Vail Valley Medical Center gains MRI accreditation |

Vail Valley Medical Center gains MRI accreditation

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – In 2010, the Vail Valley Medical Center did over 1,700 MRI scans, and a recent accreditation indicates those patients received the best possible care.

The Vail Valley Medical Center was recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting American College of Radiology practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are all assessed.

“I would like to personally thank our MRI technologists, Kimberly Anderson, Delya Schock and Dustin Orr,” said Doris Kirchner, CEO of Vail Valley Medical Center. “Without their skill and hard work, we wouldn’t have been able to attain this honorable accreditation.”

In addition to earning the accreditation, as of Jan. 1, the cost of an MRI was lowered by 30 percent to stay competitive within the state.

“Patients needing an MRI can rest easy coming to Vail Valley Medical Center knowing that we provide the best imaging protocols, patients are safe and the pricing is comparable to going to Denver,” said Gisele Riden, director of imaging and cardiopulmonary at the medical center.

The American College of Radiology is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

MRI Technologist Kimberly Anderson led the accreditation process.

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