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Russell Milligan
Saint Joseph Hospital


Saint Joseph Hospital Designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Receives Three-Year Accreditation by the American College of Radiology

Chicago, Ill. – July 17, 2012 – Saint Joseph Hospital recently received three-year accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Board-certified physicians and medical physicists, who are experts in the field, conduct a rigorous evaluation of the facilities. To become ACR-accredited, the facility must achieve high-practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Saint Joseph Hospital's breast-imaging services are fully accredited in:

  • Mammography
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy (a procedure to remove tissue samples from the breast using a hollow needle)
  • Breast ultrasound (a diagnostic test used to assess abnormalities with reflected high-frequency sound waves that produce an image)
  • Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy

"Our hospital meets the highest standards of care for breast imaging following a thorough review of our procedures, staffing and equipment," said Nancy Cummings, director, imaging services, Saint Joseph Hospital. "Women can expect outstanding care and personalized service at our facility. Plus, patients with written physicians' orders can get in for a routine mammogram within 24 to 48 hours."

Mammogram appointments are available every day, including evenings, and can generally be scheduled within 24 to 48 hours. Appointments can be made by calling 773-665-3060.

About ACR

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

About Saint Joseph Hospital

Saint Joseph Hospital is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago's lake shore communities. It's home to many world-renowned physicians and advanced medical technologies. For more information, visit

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health

Saint Joseph Hospital is part of Presence Health, a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit to learn more.


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