Gold Standard of Care Awarded to Spears Cancer Center at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center
Radiation Oncology earns accreditation by American College of Radiology
MEDFORD, Ore. October 1, 2014—Spears Cancer Center at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology (ACR), making Spears the only cancer center in Southern Oregon to have achieved this mark of excellence.
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.
“Our commitment is to provide the safest and highest level of care to our patients,” said Rod Graham, director of imaging services at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center. “It was through the collaboration and hard work of our physicians, radiation oncologists and cancer center staff that we were able to achieve this prestigious accreditation.”
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 cancer center with a comprehensive report to be used for continuous improvement.
Radiation oncology 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 is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body.