Abington Memorial Hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department Earns ACR-ASTRO Accreditation
ABINGTON, PA (April 11, 2012)—The Rosenfeld Cancer Center at Abington Memorial Hospital 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) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Radiation oncology or radiation therapy is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist uses radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.
The ACR-ASTRO 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 and ASTRO after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The following aspects of the program are assessed:
- Patient care and treatment
- Patient safety
- Personnel qualifications
- Adequacy of facility equipment
- Quality control procedures
- Quality assurance programs
“We are proud to be recognized for the highest level of quality and radiation safety in our industry,” said Scott Herbert, M.D., chief, Radiation Oncology, The Rosenfeld Cancer Center at Abington Memorial Hospital. “We couldn’t have achieved this designation without the team of experts we have taking care of our patients. Each staff member strives to do their absolute best with a focus on safety and quality.”
About the ACR and ASTRO
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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 healthcare services. ASTRO is a professional organization serving more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of cancer patients.