KAMUELA, HAWAII –– North Hawai‘i Community Hospital (NHCH) announces zero deficiencies in audit of Nuclear Medicine Department. The NHCH Nuclear Medicine Department recently underwent an audit of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licensed activities conducted by Gamma Corporation.

The facility audit included performance of the operations and records of the NHCH Nuclear Medicine Department with respect to the receipt, storage, usage and disposal of licensed radioactive materials. In addition, the audit inspected patient scheduling practices, radiopharmaceutical prescriptions, and written directives of patients receiving radioactive materials.

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, skeletal and neurological disorders. Because nuclear medicine procedures are able to pinpoint molecular activity within the body, this information enables physicians to identify potential diseases in the earliest stages as well as a patient’s immediate response to therapeutic interventions.

“The results of this audit demonstrate the commitment our staff and physicians have to providing the safest quality care in a highly regulated environment,” says Ken Wood, President and CEO of NHCH.

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 29-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Non-profit, community owned and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Big Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

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