Vanderbilt University was recognized by Fortune Magazine this year as being one of the "Best 100 Places To Work". Vanderbilt is the first academic institution to achieve this distinction. We have long known that Vanderbilt and its Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences were great places to work, but it's very nice to receive this recognition. Congeniality and collegiality are hallmarks of this institution, making it a wonderful place to engage in patient care, learning and research.
The clinical program thrives because of the participation of over 200 certified technologists, many of whom trained at Vanderbilt, and a robust, effective administrative infrastructure. A joint technical and professional billing group manages the billing operations of the department and ensures a seamless process for hospital and physician billings.
The Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences recently received a renewal of accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is an independent, CMS-designated accrediting body that oversees more than 20,000 facilities around the country. It is a professional society with the purpose of improving the health of patients by maximizing the value of radiology and radiologists.
“This provides assurances to our patients, physicians and the general public that what we are doing here meets certain agreed upon standards,” said Jeremy Kaye, M.D., the Carol D. and Henry P. Pendergrass professor and chair of the Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. “We have been undergoing this certification process for years. It is truly a quality assurance method that primarily says we are doing quality work and doing our jobs correctly and safely,” added Kaye.
The extensive certification process looks at the equipment, assesses the image quality and reviews the qualifications and credentials of technologists, radiologists and medical physicists.
The evaluation also looks at patient and employee safety as well as quality control and assurance of all imaging modalities including CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, PET, ultrasound and mammography.
Malcolm Sloan served as Chief X-ray Technologist having worked in the Department of Radiology at Vanderbilt for 42 years from 1951 until 1993. In addition to his skills as an imager, Mr. Sloan was also known for his ability to fabricate catheters for interventional radiology procedures. He had a small shop in the department and would often produce a special catheter at the request of a radiologist for a diagnostic procedure and then assist the radiologist in the performance of the procedure.