For a second time, Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) has been designated a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence™ (DICOE) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The DICOE program, which represents the pinnacle of medical imaging care, is an achievement that goes beyond accreditation to recognize best-quality imaging practices and diagnostic care. This includes a comprehensive assessment of the entire medical imaging enterprise, including structure and outcomes. The DICOE designation recognizes excellence at multiple levels — including the professional staff, the technology and the policies and procedures the organization follows — and superior patient care.
“I want to congratulate our entire radiology team on this significant recognition,” said Jason A. Kreitner, FACHE, vice president, Operations, HackensackUMC. “I am proud of the dedication they demonstrate every day in providing the highest quality, patient-and family-centered care and their commitment to our patient’s satisfaction. What an honor it is to receive this recognition from such a prestigious agency as the American College of Radiology.”
In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in all modalities they provide, and in which the ACR offers an accreditation program. Another requirement is to participate in the Dose Index Registry® and General Radiology Improvement Database, as well as Image Wisely® and Image Gently®.
In 2013, HackensackUMC was the first academic medical center in the nation to be recognized as a Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence and is now the first hospital in the nation to be re-accredited with this honorable distinction.
“This remarkable honor is the hallmark of steadfast collaboration and a desire on the part of all Radiology staff to deliver the highest level of clinical quality,” said Michael Horton, administrative director, Department of Radiology, HackensackUMC.