HOUSTON (July 21, 2011) – Park Plaza Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems.
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, following 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 they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.
About Park Plaza Hospital
Park Plaza Hospital, part of Tenet Texas, is a 444-bed acute care facility located at 1313 Hermann Drive in Houston, Texas. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Houston area for 30 years. Park Plaza Hospital provides a broad spectrum of medical and surgical services, including treatment of diabetes, cancer and other diseases, as well as orthopedics, cardiology, bariatrics and maternity care. The hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation programs promote a continuum of care for patients and their families. Park Plaza Hospital provides specialized care to senior adults in the Seniors Emergency Department and Inpatient Acute Care for the Elderly Unit. Park Plaza Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, and has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. To learn more about Park Plaza Hospital, visit www.parkplazahospital.com.