The American College of Radiology (ACR) has accredited two WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals’ locations as ACR-Designated Lung Cancer Screening Centers.

Both J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital and University Town Centre have earned the new accreditation, thanks to the hard work of several individuals and departments.

The WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals Lung Cancer Screening Program is a multi-disciplinary effort aimed at catching the disease in its early stages. Patients who meet the eligibility requirements receive a CT scan and, when indicated, a one-on-one intervention session with a smoking cessation coordinator.

In the past, this program operated on a cash-and-carry model, which required patients to pay out-of-pocket for the screening. Now, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and some commercial payers will cover the screening for eligible patients. Private pay patients are also accepted.

In addition to ACR accreditation, there are additional required components to a Lung Cancer Screening Program, currently being finalized by the implementation team at WVU Medicine. The program will be available soon to referrals from internal WVU Medicine providers. Patients must meet eligibility requirements. Providers will refer through Epic and will be notified when this option is available.

For more information, contact Brianne Leichliter, nurse navigator for the screening program, at 304-598-6516.