Good Samaritan Medical Center Earns Accreditation for Radiation Oncology

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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Good Samaritan Medical 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 cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

The Radiation Oncology Center at Good Samaritan Medical Center has a staff of eleven including radiation oncologists, oncology nurse and patient navigator, radiation therapists, medical physicist, dosimetrist, and administrative support.  The Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care which allows for specialists to coordinate the care delivered to patients.  In 2011, Good Samaritan’s Comprehensive Cancer Program was also recognized with the Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award and is one of three hospitals in Massachusetts to receive this national award.

“This accreditation lets our community know about the high quality radiation oncology care available close to home.  It confirms we’re meeting or exceeding the expectations for excellent care practices,” says Dr. Jason Zauls, Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Division Chief of Radiation Oncology. “We have undergone a rigorous review of treatment standards, equipment, staffing and training to earn this credential and I’m extremely proud of our team for making high quality and compassionate care available to our patients and their loved ones.”

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 500 accredited sites, and 25 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.

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