Rhode Island Medical Imaging is one of the first in the country to earn distinction from the American College of Radiology as an outpatient diagnostic imaging Center of Excellence (COE). The award recognizes excellence in diagnostic imaging, and was presented on March 7.

“I thank the American College of Radiology for this tremendous honor,” said John Pezzullo, MD, president of Rhode Island Medical Imaging. “At RIMI, our board-certified radiologists, registered technologists, and professional office staff are all committed to enhancing the overall patient experience through state-of-the-art diagnostic care. This achievement recognizes our commitment to quality and communicates to our patients and referring physicians that they can always rely on RIMI for world-class medical imaging.”

In order to be considered for award status, facilities must receive ACR accreditation for all their modality offerings, which involves appraisal of their safety policies, equipment specifications, patient outcomes, quality control systems, utilization reviews, and personnel. The COE award criteria adds an additional layer of evaluation.

“We are pleased to recognize Rhode Island Medical Imaging for their excellence in diagnostic imaging, and for their commitment to superior patient care,” said Debra Monticciolo, MD, chair of the American College of Radiology Quality and Safety Commission. “RIMI is among the first outpatient facilities in the nation and in the Northeast to receive this honor. Achieving Center of Excellence status really sets RIMI’s quality apart and we commend them for this great accomplishment.”