White River Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
“Receiving this accreditation is exciting because it shows that we meet standards for radiation safety and image quality on a national level,” said Lee Melton, Lead Radiology Technologist in WRMC’s Mammography Department. “That gives our patients peace of mind and allows them to be comfortable during a time when they might otherwise feel vulnerable.”
In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal mass. A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
WRMC is a 235-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices. White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health
The third annual Celtic Poetry Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Scottish Festival is now accepting entries. The entry deadline is March 31.
Entries into the free contest may be any style and any length. Poems must have a Celtic theme or be in traditional Celtic form. The seven Celtic nations include Ireland, Galicia, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Scotland and Wales. Entries will be judged by two-time contest winner, Kenton Adler.
“I will only have access to the content, so I won’t have any knowledge of who the author is during the judging,” Adler said. “Our plan is that the winner of each year’s contest will be the succeeding judge for the next competition. We had 11 entries in last year’s contest. We’d like to see 20 to 30 this year.”
The winning poem will be read, by the author if possible, at the Celtic Concert April 11 during the Scottish Festival. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. First place prize is $100.
To submit poems, email entries to email@example.com and include “Poetry Entry” in the subject line.
As interest in local foods surges, the Arkansas Agriculture Department stands ready to meet the public’s demand with a revamped edition of its Arkansas Grown program. In partnership with P. Allen Smith, the program connects Arkansas farmers with a range of buyers, such as restaurants, schools and grocery stores. The program’s ultimate aim is to increase the quantity of locally produced food in the state’s market.
“We’re excited about the changes we’ve made to the program that will benefit consumers and producers,” Butch Calhoun, Arkansas Agriculture Department secretary, said. “Arkansas Grown will help consumers more readily identify locally grown foods so they can make informed choices and stimulate their local economy by keeping their food dollars in the community. The program will bring more awareness to Arkansas’ wonderful producers and help create more markets for their products.”
Benefits of a strong local food system include economic gains for smaller farmers and the state, a reduction of environmental pollution by decreasing food transportation distances and increased access to fresher, healthier and better-tasting foods for the public.
“Farmers and producers want to farm and produce,” Smith said. “That’s what they’re good at and how they want to spend their time. Now, they have an advocate, Arkansas Grown, that’ll step in and get them plugged in to the state’s market. It’s a win for farmers, consumers and Arkansas’ economy.”
Often small growers do not have the resources to spend much on marketing, making the state infrastructure-building program an essential partner to help the farmers compete in their native market. In addition to working to connect producers with buyers, the program assists small farmers with marketing efforts that increase visibility, including placing an Arkansas Grown label at point of sale or on the product.
Arkansas Grown offers tiered options for farmers and producers: a free option that also includes special labeling for restaurants, one for $25 and another for $50 with increasing exposure and benefits accompanying each. Many states, including Georgia, Texas, Missouri and New Jersey, have successful comparable programs.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.arkansasgrown.org.
Learn secrets of the trade from Donice Woodward. Bake and ice cakes, write messages, create borders, drop flowers, roses and much more. Deadline to register: March 19. Fee: $40 plus supply fee: $100. Supply fee payable to instructor on first night of class. Dates: Apr 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Class will meet at D&D Cake Crafts & Candies, 1368 Neeley, Batesville. To register, call 870.612.2082.
Food safety training is a commitment, a mindset and a smart business practice for every restaurant and food service operation. It is critical that every person in an operation meets today’s food safety practice demands. With the adoption of the new Food Code by the Arkansas Department of Health, every food service establishment must have someone on site during business hours who is knowledgeable about food safety principles. This day-long seminar prepares you to sit for the national certification exam at the end of the day. Registration deadline is March 21. Participants are encouraged to purchase and study textbook at least two (2) weeks prior to class. Renee Smith, instructor. Fee: $30 (includes 6th edition textbook and exam). Date: Apr 2, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. UACCB Independence Hall, Room 103. To register, contact Kristen Smith of the Arkansas Hospitality Association at 501.376.2323.