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Griffin Hospital Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center

By Janet Maurice on 8/4/2015
DERBY, CT (August 3, 2015) – A national accreditor of radiology services recently recognized Griffin Hospital as a leader in providing safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) designated Griffin Hospital as a Lung Cancer Screening Center, an elite distinction that requires accreditation by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module and a rigorous assessment of lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Additionally, Lung Cancer Screening Centers must provide follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.

“When we started our Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screening Program two years ago, we wanted to provide the community with exceptional expertise, technology and patient care together to give individuals the best chance possible in finding and fighting lung cancer,” said Margaret Deegan, vice president of Ambulatory Services at Griffin Hospital. “We’re very honored and proud to receive this designation because it shows we are delivering on this mission.”

Because the program was not covered by insurance, Griffin Hospital has provided hundreds of free low-dose lung cancer screens to high-risk individuals since launching its program, not wanting lack of insurance coverage to be a barrier to patients receiving this potentially life-saving test. To date, six instances of lung cancer have been found and treated among the more than 500 individuals who have been enrolled in the program.

In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommended screening of adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. In recognition of this fact, Medicare and most major insurances now cover the screening for high-risk individuals.

Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

For more information about Griffin Hospital’s Low-Dose Lung Cancer Screening Program, visit griffinhealth.org/lung.

About the American College of Radiology

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.

For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit: acr.org/Quality-Safety/Lung-Cancer-Screening-Center.

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