Friday, May 29, 2015

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. – Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital have both been designated as a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology.

The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said John Schaffer, administrative director of Diagnostic Imaging. “It’s important to us that our patients receive the most advanced care available in a safe and comforting environment.”

Facilities that received this distinction must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography (CT) in the chest module. They must also undergo a rigorous assessment of lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure.

Facilities must also have procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs. Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cancer killer – taking the lives of more people each year than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined.

Last summer, Summit Health began offering a low-cost lung scan to help detect and diagnose lung cancer.

For patients who are self-paying, the screening costs $99. Self-pay candidates include anyone who meets one of these two criteria:

Group 1:

  • 55 to 79 years old
  • Current smoker or quit within the past 15 years
  • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30+ years

Group 2:

  • 50 to 79 years old
  • Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 20+ years
  • Have one additional risk factor including radon exposure, asbestos exposure, lung cancer history, family history of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or pulmonary fibrosis

Some insurance companies will cover the cost of the screening. For patients using their insurance, they must meet the criteria of Group 1. Medicare patients must also meet the criteria of Group 1 and be withing 55 to 77 years old.

The Lung Cancer Screening Program office is located at Summit Pulmonology, 601 Norland Ave., Suite 100, Chambersburg.

For more information or to schedule a screening, call your primary care doctor or Program Navigator Leslie Clever at (717) 217-6001. 

About Summit Health

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community. As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, urgent care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.

About the American College of Radiology

The ACR, founded in 1924, is one of the largest and most influential medical associations in the United States. The ACR devotes its resources to making imaging and radiation therapy safe, effective, and accessible to those who need it. Its 36,000 members include radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists, interventional radiologists, and nuclear medicine physicians.

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