HMH earns ACR accreditation for nuclear medicine

Harrison Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine Services as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body. Nuclear imaging determines the cause of the medical problem based on the function of the organ, tissue or bone.

The nuclear medicine services have been accredited since 2008 and are re-accredited every three years.

The ACR Gold Seal of Accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters 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 assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 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 healthcare services.

“The attainment of ACR Accreditation in nuclear medicine services is a testament to the outstanding dedication of our staff and the essential role we play in serving our community with the highest standards,” commented Kathy Tussey, HMH Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. “I extend my heartfelt commendation to our diligent team for their commitment to obtaining this accreditation while consistently providing excellent patient care.”

The HMH Radiology Department plays a critical role in the accurate imaging, reading of images and diagnosis of patients, by offering a full range of services for both adults and pediatrics. The department is staffed by experienced radiologists, as well as radiology technologists. All radiology technologists are certified and licensed in his or her field of practice.

To learn more about our radiology department, visit the HMH website at or, contact the department directly at (859) 235-3559.