Payson Regional Medical Center entered the 21st century with an accreditation in ultrasound imaging.
The hospital earned its three-year accreditation Jan. 13 with a score of 99.5 out of a possible 100 from the American College of Radiology.
At last count, the hospital was one of only seven in the state to be accredited by ACR, a national organization that serves more than 30,000 radiologists, oncologists and medical physicists.
To get the accreditation, the local team, Dr. David Plone, Pat Dunham, Judith Scott, Cathy Cosgrove, and former radiology director Tom Doyle, spent a year doing the necessary paperwork, submitting full ultrasound studies in three categories -- obstetrical, general and vascular -- and updating their certifications as ultrasonographers.
Dr. Louis Brittingham, a medical imaging specialist at PRMC, whose job it is to diagnose the information from the ultrasound picture, said, "We're pretty proud of the certification. It's a real feather in our cap. It saves people from having to go down to the Valley anymore."
"This is just another example of Payson providing big city care in our community." PRMC's chief executive officer Russell Judd said. "Patients who need ultrasound can be assured that no finer equipment or sonographers can be found anywhere else in the state."