(Hartford, Conn. August 7, 2012) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center/Mount Sinai 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) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). 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-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. 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-ASTRO Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report for use for continuous practice improvement.
“We’re very proud of the entire team in the Department of Radiation Oncology to have attained accreditation,” said Kathleen Noone, Oncology Service Line Executive Director. “This means that patients being treated here at the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center can be assured that not only are they receiving treatment with the very latest technology, but also to the very highest level of quality.”
The Cancer Center is staffed by 14 physicians, including nine hematologists and medical oncologists, and four radiation oncologists. The radiation oncology department is equipped with two new linear accelerators, a CT scanning simulator, electron beam therapy and high-dose-rate brachytherapy. Treatment technologies include 3-D external beam treatment planning; 3-D conformal external beam radiation treatment; and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy, or IMRT. The center also uses Cyberknife®,
the world's most accurate technology, real-time, full-body radiosurgery, to deliver focused radiation to painlessly eradicate tumors and lesions with pinpoint precision.
About the American College of Radiology
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 health care services. ASTRO is a professional organization serving more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of cancer patients.