Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute Receives Accreditation From the American College of Radiology
The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional 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) 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. Dr. Mathew Snyder, Director of Radiation Oncology at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute noted, “Working for this accreditation is the right thing to do for our patients, and the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute is proud to be the only cancer treatment facility on Delmarva to receive it. Our patients are our number one priority and we are proud that the American College of Radiology recognizes our commitment to quality care.”
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 they can use for continuous practice improvement.
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.
The Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center has been nationally recognized for its performance and clinical outcomes. The team emphasizes advanced medicine, comprehensive services, and compassionate care taking the provision of cancer services to an even higher level.