For Immediate Release:
July 30, 2013
Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care earns national seal of accreditation from the American College of Radiology
Seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Southcoast™ Centers for Cancer Care, part of Southcoast Health System, 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). The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.
“The ACR’s accreditation procedures are voluntary," said Eileen Sugrue-McElearney, Vice President of Clinical Services for Oncology at Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care. "The Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care has sought ACR accreditation because this organization assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety."
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.
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 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 the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with more than 500 accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience.