The South Central Kansas Medical Center radiology department recently completed its 2017 inspection with zero deficiencies reported.

SCKMC radiology department

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Jennifer Richardson, South Central Kansas Medical Center’s lead mammography technologist, displays the hospital’s mammography equipment.

The annual Kansas Department of Health and Environment inspection is a requirement through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mandating certified inspectors to assess each medical facility’s compliance with federal standards.

“The radiology department and specifically the mammography modality was gone over with a fine tooth comb, and we hit another home run with no deficiencies,” said Katrenia Beane, SCKMC’s lead radiology technologist.

The inspection lasted an entire day, with approximately four hours spent in the mammography area.

“It’s validation,” said Jennifer Richardson, the hospital’s lead mammography technologist. “I enjoy mammography, work hard and want to do the best for the patients.”

The inspection included an in-depth review of the department’s policies and procedures, including quality control, staff credentialing and continuing education, and patient follow-up.

“I have three check systems in place to make sure we are not letting anything slip through the cracks,” Richardson said.

Richardson thinks the key to the department’s success has less to do with the paperwork required and more with actual patient interactions.

“You have to be caring about your patients in (mammography),” Richardson said. “I enjoy all the ladies and all their little stories. I have a rapport with a lot of them. It is important that I make sure the women know what they are supposed to be doing.”

Experts at the American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40. For more information about SCKMC’s radiology unit or to schedule a mammogram, call (620) 442-2500.

This information was provided by South Central Kansas Medical Center Marketing Director Clayton Pappan.