American College of Radiology (ACR) Designates PIH Health Hospital - Whittier a Lung Cancer Screening Center - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Published on May 19, 2015

American College of Radiology (ACR) Designates PIH Health Hospital - Whittier a Lung Cancer Screening Center

PIH Health Hospital - Whittier has recently been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

In order to receive this elite distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. A designation also requires that procedures are in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for the high-quality healthcare provided by PIH Health’s clinicians and physicians within our lung cancer program,” said Perry Ebeltoft, PIH Health vice president, Ancillary Services. “This award is a testament to our commitment to provide outstanding cancer care to the community.”

Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center. For information on PIH Health, visit PIHHealth.org.