COLUMBIA, Tenn. — The Maury Regional Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of 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 destroy cancer cells or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
“The Cancer Center’s radiation oncology physicians and staff are dedicated to providing our patients with outstanding care by meeting rigorous standards in clinical quality and patient safety. This 25-member team is to be commended for their commitment to professional excellence and their devotion to our patients,” said CEO Alan Watson.
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.
“ACR accreditation is the gold standard for radiation therapy,” said Joel Kochanski, M.D., a radiation oncologist at the Maury Regional Cancer Center. “This is the second time that we have received a three-year accreditation and is a testament to the level of care that we provide to patients in our region. By offering care that is comparable to larger metropolitan cancer centers, we enable patients to stay close to home for care plans that often include treatments several days a week for multiple weeks.”
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.
The Maury Regional Cancer Center is a comprehensive cancer treatment center that brings together a highly skilled team of oncology physicians, clinical staff and support services to meet the needs of cancer patients and their loved ones. The Cancer Center is home to medical and radiation oncology physician practices, chemotherapy and other infusion services, radiation therapy and patient support services that include navigators who assist patients through the physical and financial challenges of a cancer diagnosis. For more information, visit MauryRegional.com.