Lung Cancer Screening Center at HackensackUMC Mountainside Awarded Prestigious National Accreditation

April 22, 2015 04:02 PM

 HackensackUMC Mountainside has been accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and designated as an official ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center following a rigorous, voluntary peer review of its practices and protocols.

“This prestigious affiliation signifies that our HackensackUMC Mountainside radiology team excels at detecting and evaluating potentially cancerous lung conditions,” said John Fromhold, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer. “It’s also one more indicator that we’re realizing our goal of delivering world class healthcare throughout the hospital.” 
“Lung cancer is the third most common form of that disease in the US and the leading cause of cancer deaths. We’re proud to offer our constituents convenient, local access to resources that facilitate life-saving early intervention,” he said.

Scans Recommended for Those at Greatest Risk
The benefits of annual lung cancer screening using non-invasive, low dose CT (computed tomography) scans were recently affirmed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) for certain people.  On February 5,  CMS began covering the quick, safe and painless test, along with lung cancer counseling, for recipients between the ages 55-77 who currently smoke tobacco or have stopped smoking within the past 15 years, have a history of smoking more than one pack a day and no signs or symptoms of lung cancer.

All lung scans performed at HackensackUMC Mountainside’s ACR accredited center are administered by experienced technicians and read by distinguished, experienced board-certified radiologists and pulmonologists. “This test provides peace of mind for many by differentiating between lung scarring or inflammation and the presence of potentially cancerous nodules,” observed Nazly Shariati, MD, MSJ, FACS, FCCP, thoracic surgeon at HackensackUMC Mountainside. “For others, it leads to early stage cancer treatment that dramatically improves patient outcomes.”

Whenever a patient’s scan produces results that require further investigation, she explained, the hospital’s radiologists and pulmonologists have state-of-the-art Covidien superDimension, also known as LungGPS, available on-site to perform a minimally invasive alternative to a traditional biopsy that more precisely locates nodules even when they are in deep, hard to reach areas of the lungs.

In the event of a cancer diagnosis, HackensackUMC Mountainside’s Cancer Center, accredited with special commendations by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, ensures immediate, convenient access to the most current, effective treatment options administered by an experienced, compassionate multidisciplinary team of board-certified specialists.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, patients who meet lung cancer screening eligibility requirements are encouraged to call (973) 429-6444.

About HackensackUMC Mountainside
HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital, part of the Hackensack University Health Network, provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. HackensackUMC Mountainside is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about HackensackUMC Mountainside visit www.mountainsidehosp.com

 

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