ACCREDITED: Weirton Medical Center's Breastcare Team has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammogram is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
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 guidelines 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, which provides the practice with a report.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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 health care services.
LANCIA honors: Lancia Villa Vista Nursing Home and rehabilitation center at 1852 Sinclair Ave. in Steubenville has received a health and safety code deficiency-free survey this year from state authorities, according to co-owner Joe Lancia.
The facility, which opened in 2010, has approximately 50 residents and 75 employees.
The family owned facilities include the Villa Royale in Steubenville and Belmont Manor in St. Clairsville.
According to the business website, in the 1940s Catherine and Guirino Lancia pioneered the introduction of quality nursing home facilities in the Tri-State Area. After attending to the convalescent needs of their own elderly parents, the Lancias saw the need for the creation of a quality care facility and decided to extend their family care to the surrounding community.
The facilities offer state-of-the-art medical care services in modern facilities, according to officials. There also are a variety of social activities and other specialized care services. Medical care services include a monthly drug review committee; skilled and intermediate care; diversified nursing staff; Alzheimer's/dementia unit; physical, occupational and speech therapy; restorative nursing care; resident staff pharmacist; facility medical director and facility psychiatrist; and in-house dietary services.
SURGICAL TABLE: Whe-eling Hospital has a new special table for spinal surgeries - the Jackson Table.
For past 18 months, Wheeling Hospital has used the special surgical table that enables the surgical team to move or roll patients over, in mid-surgery, without having to touch them.
Patients are positioned on the table and fastened securely with a series of padded brackets and straps.
The table can be rotated and the tabletop removed, leaving patients in a facedown position required for back surgeries.
Neurosurgeons find the table enhances their ability to access the patient during critical points of the surgery.
With the surgeon's view unobstructed, he or she can perform the surgery more effectively, according to the hospital.
"Using the Jackson Table, we can now perform complex spinal surgeries previously not done at Wheeling Hospital, such as spinal fusion," said Dr. David Cohen with West Virginia University's Department of Neurosurgery.
A partnership between WVU and area hospitals ensures a neurosurgeon is always available for local residents.
Cohen said the table improves patient and staff safety.
It eliminates the physical strain operating room technicians may experience rolling patients over on a conventional surgical table.