Cone Health Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Again Earns Accreditation
Earning accreditation means exceeding or meeting stringent standards of care.
Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital has been awarded a three-year renewal of accreditation in radiation oncology. This comes after a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
“For consumers, accreditations are an important measure to quickly recognize a high-quality program,” says Cone Health Chief Physicist of Radiation Oncology B.J. Sintay, PhD. “For Cone Health Cancer Center, accreditations are a way for us to see how well we meet or exceed the high standards that ACR and others set for cancer programs.”
The radiation oncology program at Cone Health is one of the best-equipped programs in the state. It offers a wide array of radiation therapies from TomoTherapy® Edge to brachytherapy to stereotactic radiosurgery. More than 3,700 analytic cases were diagnosed and treated at Cone Health in 2015.
The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 650 accredited sites and 29 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific practice guidelines and technical standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.