Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Radiation Oncology program at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) is the first in West Virginia to be awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which is the nation's oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.
“Receiving the ACR accreditation demonstrates to patients, referring physicians and other regulatory agencies that the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center is committed to quality care that meets or exceeds the care found in a typical radiation oncology practice,” said Andrew Freeman, MD, Medical Director of the Radiation Oncology Department at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Radiation oncology, also known as radiation therapy, is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. Radiation oncologists use radiation to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
“Patients can have confidence that the Radiation Oncology Program at the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center meets the highest safety and quality standards in our specialty,” said Aamir Hussain, MD, Director of Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy at ECCC. “This accreditation sets us apart by recognizing and confirming our commitment to exceptional patient care.”
The ACR seal of accreditation 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 also assessed.