(Newport, Ark.) — The WRMC Medical Complex Newport, a facility of White River Health System, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a non-invasive medical test that uses magnetic fields to produce real-time, three-dimensional views of body organs, muscles, and joints without invasive surgery.
To achieve accreditation, the WRMC Medical Complex Newport voluntarily underwent a rigorous review process to demonstrate that it meets nationally-accepted standards.
“The MRI accreditation at the WRMC Medical Complex Newport illustrates our commitment to providing Jackson County residents with quality medical care,” said Gary Bebow, CEO of WRHS.
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 MRI at the WRMC Medical Complex is a wide-bore system, meaning the center of the MRI is much larger than standard MRIs, and the length from front to back is shorter. The wide-bore system promotes a more comfortable atmosphere for patients. The larger size eases those who experience claustrophobia. Patients receiving an MRI are given noise cancelling headphones that play their favorite music to make the level of comfort even greater.
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 WRMC Medical Complex Newport includes an After Hours Clinic, a specialty clinic for Cardiology, OB/GYN, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Urology, and Wound Care, a Pain Management Clinic, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, MRI, and a full service laboratory. The complex is located at 2200 Malcolm Avenue. Next door to the complex is the Newport Diagnostic Medical Clinic. The providers at the clinic provide primary care services.
Both are facilities associated with White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices, and senior life centers. WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.