Contact: Kate Darden, BHS Vice President, Marketing
205-715-5196/Kate.Darden@bhsala.com

Julie B. Wall, Markstein
205-824-7634/Julie@markstein.co

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – March 13, 2015 - Shelby Baptist Medical Center today announced that Tower Imaging, one of its two diagnostic imaging centers, has been designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation recognizes the facility’s commitment to practicing safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

To receive this distinction, facilities must be accredited by the ACR in low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in the chest module, must undergo rigorous assessment of lung cancer screening protocols and infrastructure and must attain a diligent procedure for follow-up patient care, such as treatment counseling and smoking cessation programs.

“Low-dose CT scans and appropriate follow-up care can significantly reduce deaths associated with lung cancer, which takes the lives of more people each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined,” said Ben McDaniel, M.D., radiologist at Shelby. “Our goal is to provide top-quality patient care and reduce lung cancer deaths, and this can only be achieved by remaining patient-centered in everything we do. It is an honor to receive this accreditation from ACR, as it is proof of our commitment to that goal.”

On Feb. 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that LDCT scans for eligible lung cancer patients will be covered for eligible Medicare beneficiaries. Asymptomatic candidates between the ages of 55 and 77 with a tobacco-smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack per day for 30 plus years) are eligible to receive the LDCT as an additional preventive service benefit. Current smokers or patients who have quit smoking within the last 15 years are also eligible.

Tower Imaging at Shelby Baptist offers a complementary team approach including a board certified radiologist and patient navigator for each patient who receives CT screenings. After each screening is interpreted by the radiologist, the patient navigator seamlessly coordinates any needed follow-up with the patient and the patient's physician. "The screenings are painless, and the actual scan time only lasts around 10 seconds. In most cases the screening is completely covered by the patient’s insurance with no out-of-pocket expense for the patient. The affordability of the testing combined with our dedicated team, first-floor access and free parking ensures that patients have an optimal experience," said Dr. McDaniel.

About Baptist Health System

Baptist Health System, a not-for-profit 501(c) corporation and one of the largest health systems in Alabama, owns four hospital campuses, including Princeton (in Birmingham), Shelby (in Alabaster), Walker (in Jasper) and Citizens (in Talladega) as well as the largest network of employed primary- and specialty-care physicians providing coordinated care across central Alabama. The system includes graduate medical education programs and active clinical research in multiple specialties. Baptist Health System is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality, innovative health care and empowering its communities to achieve their best health. Baptist Health System is a ministry of the churches of the Birmingham Baptist Association, whose representatives elect the Board of Trustees. It was founded in 1922 by a group of local Baptist congregations. For more information please visit BaptistHealthAlabama.org.

About the American College of Radiology

The American College of Radiology, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. For additional information, please visit www.acr.org.

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