Syracuse VA Medical Center
Syracuse VA Medical Center Team Recognized Nationally for Best Practice
October 30, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robert McLean, VA Medical Center, Public Affairs
315-425-2422 (Office) 315-575-0722 (Cell)
The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for -profit, nationally recognized accrediting organization that certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, has notified the Syracuse VA Medical Center that it has accepted a clinical program developed at the Medical Center as a “National Best Practice”.
The Syracuse VA Imaging Department developed protocols which achieved C.T. scans and other diagnostic images with an average of 30% patient radiation dose reduction. This reduction in exposure to potentially harmful radiation was achieved without any reduction in the quality or diagnostic value of the images.
In a letter to the team, the Commission wrote...“this Radiation Reduction Program underwent rigorous clinical review and was accepted by Joint Commission staff members because it supports quality and safety, and it is felt to be of benefit to other organizations”. The program has been added to the Commission’s Leading Practice Library.
The Leading Practice Library is an important initiative that allows Joint Commission accredited organizations to find “real-life” solutions that have been successfully submitted by their peers. It is a constantly-evolving, up-to-date collection of outstanding documents from health care leaders.
Program team leader and Radiation Safety Officer at the VA Medical Center, Gary P. Gamble said, “The Syracuse VA Imaging Department and the Radiation Safety Program are committed to developing programs like this one to provide the best diagnostic exams with the least possible radiation exposure to our Veterans”. The team members for this important project included Melissa Bottorff, Lead CT Technologist; Robert G. Derosa, Imaging Manager; Dr. Brian Cooney, Chief of Radiology; Dr. Ronald Farah, Radiologist and Thomas LaVoy, Certified Health Physicist Consultant.