NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 12, 2013) — Sarah Cannon at TriStar Centennial Medical Center has been granted three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for providing the highest level of quality and patient safety in radiation oncology.
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.
“Achieving full ACR accreditation establishes a common standard of practice excellence that is focused on quality patient care,” said D. Edward Hunt, M.D., radiation oncologist at Sarah Cannon. “This accreditation is a representation of our commitment to offering comprehensive treatment that is of the highest and safest caliber for our patients.”
Sarah Cannon at TriStar Centennial is the first and only hospital in the state to earn ACR accreditation in radiation oncology. By choosing Sarah Cannon at TriStar Centennial, an ACR-accredited facility, one can rest assured that:
- Our facility has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process to ensure our facility meets or exceeds nationally-accepted standards of care;
- our personnel is well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret medical images and administer radiation therapy treatments; and
- our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment one will receive, and meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines
“This accreditation is a true testament to the level of expertise and leadership provided by the radiation oncology team here at Sarah Cannon,” said Heather Rohan, FACHE, president & CEO for TriStar Centennial Medical Center. “It’s important for patients to know that, as the only hospital in the state to earn this accreditation, Sarah Cannon at TriStar Centennial is providing unprecedented quality and care for the patients it serves.”
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 practitioners focused on medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services and is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body. 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 facilities with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous improvement. For more information about the ACR’s radiation oncology accreditation program, visit http://www.acr.org/Quality-Safety/Accreditation/RO.