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Medical imaging groups combine



Published: Tue, June 24, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Medical imaging groups combine

NEW CASTLE, PA.

Jameson Health System has joined forces with the Image Gently and Image Wisely campaigns, which are focused on adopting the safest practices in medical imaging.

Radiation awareness has increased in the past few years. “Pledging to Image Gently for pediatric patients and Image Wisely for adult patients means we are re-committing ourselves and our team members to safety and accountability,” said Robert Ondo, radiation safety officer at Jameson Health System.

Image Gently is built on the idea that “one size does not fit all” when it comes to children’s medical imaging. A gentle approach is necessary to ensure a child’s safety. Likewise, Image Wisely has the objective of reducing unnecessary radiation exposure from medical-imaging procedures in adults. The goal of both campaigns is to increase awareness among hospital staff, patients and family members throughout our nation.

Both campaigns offer free educational materials to practitioners and patients through their websites.

For information, visit www.imagegently.org.

Sharon Regional earns achievement award

SHARON, PA.

Sharon Regional Health System has received the Mission: Lifeline Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.

To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals, emergency medical services and communities improve response times so people who suffer from a STEMI receive prompt, appropriate treatment.

The program’s goal is to streamline systems of care to quickly get heart-attack patients from the first 911 call to hospital treatment.

Sharon Regional earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients to open the blocked artery.

Before patients are discharged, they are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin and beta-blockers, and they receive smoking-cessation counseling if needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

Accepting applicants

YOUNGSTOWN

Application forms for low-interest student loans are available from the Mahoning County Medical Society Foundation. The deadline for receipt of applications is July 1.

Students applying for loans must be residents of Mahoning or Trumbull counties, must have completed at least one year of medical school or school of osteopathic medicine, or be participating in the Bridge Program at the three-year level or higher with Northeast Ohio Medical University.

Interest on loans is 1 percent below the prime rate at the time the loan is granted. Interest is forgiven if the recipient returns to Mahoning County to practice medicine and becomes a member of the Mahoning County Medical Society.

For information or to receive an application, call 330-533-4880.


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