Low Moor, VA, October 2014 – As we celebrate breast cancer awareness month, many women are reminded of the importance of getting their mammograms. Women who turn to LewisGale Hospital Alleghany for this important screening can trust they will receive care that meets or exceeds national standards for quality and patient safety. The hospital’s Breast Imaging Center recently received a perfect score during its annual facility inspection under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) and awarded re-accreditation.

“Our mammography technologists are to be commended for their dedication, effort, and attention placed into developing and maintaining an exceptional Breast Imaging Center for our patients,” said Lori Barbour, Administrative Director. “Patients who visit our center are assured that both the staff and equipment have passed a rigorous evaluation.”

The intensive inspection compares specific items in six major areas to include equipment performance, quality control, medical physicist surveys, personnel qualifications, medical reports and outcome audits. The philosophy of the MQSA, through standards and inspections, is to support continuous improvement in breast imaging services.

“Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care to patients in their own community,” said Charlotte Tyson, CEO, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany. “Ensuring that our mammography services meet the highest quality standards is one more way we demonstrate that commitment.”

The Breast Imaging Center is located on the third floor of the hospital in the Women’s Center. The Breast Imaging Center offers digital mammography, the most advanced technology for the early detection of breast cancer.

Mammography technologists include Kathy Elmore, Cindy Keen, Kathy Lee and Dianne Loving. Charles Long, M.D., is the supervising radiologist of the center and Abram Patterson, M.D. and Ronald Broadwell, M.D. are interpreting physicians. To schedule a mammogram, call 540-862-6879.

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About LewisGale Hospital Alleghany
LewisGale Hospital Alleghany is a part of LewisGale Regional Health System which includes 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers and a multidisciplinary cancer clinic, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 146 employed providers and more than 500 independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $230.1 million. The system also paid $41 million in taxes and provided more than $106 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2012 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.