Granite Medical Group Receives Reaccreditation for Cardiac Nuclear Testing
QUINCY— 1/30/12 — Granite Medical Group in Quincy, MA has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Cardiology and General Nuclear Medicine by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). Granite Medical Group first received accreditation in 2009.
Accreditation by the ICANL means Granite Medical Group has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts.
“Reaccreditation from ICANL is an affirmation of Granite Medical’s commitment to providing quality cardiac care to our patients,” said Robert Calway, Chief Operating Officer.
ICANL accreditation serves as a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of nuclear medicine. Accreditation is granted only to facilities found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards. There is a comprehensive application process including a detailed case study review.
Nuclear testing helps to measure how well blood flows to the heart muscle, to detect damaged heart muscle and to check the effectiveness of the heart’s pumping function. During testing, safe radioactive “tracers” are sent through the circulatory system to the heart. The tracers release energy which is detected by nuclear testing equipment and used to provide detailed information to cardiologists.
Granite Medical Group is a multispecialty/primary care group in Quincy, MA with 25 physicians and five nurse practitioners and a dietitian.
Atrius Health, a nonprofit alliance of six multi-specialty medical groups, was created in 2004 to enable collaboration on new and better ways of delivering care while maintaining an emphasis on care for the local community. The 1000 physicians and over 1425 other healthcare professionals in these groups serve almost 1,000,000 adult and pediatric patients from about 50 sites across Eastern and Central Massachusetts. The Atrius Health Pioneer ACO is comprised of five of the six medical groups: Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, South Shore Medical Center, and Southboro Medical Group. Reliant Medical Group joined Atrius Health in October 2011 and will consider participation in the Pioneer ACO for future years.
The Atrius Health groups work closely with leading academic medical centers and community hospitals to coordinate care across the continuum for their patients. The Atrius Health groups have been leaders nationally in their advanced use of health information technology (including a patient portal for secure electronic communication), chronic disease management, clinical pharmacy programs, Lean care improvement, and innovative ways of delivering care such as shared medical appointments.
For more information about the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL), visit the ICANL website.