Austin Cancer Centers has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) employs the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer.
“We are extremely proud of this designation as it represents a national benchmark for adhering to the safest standards in radiation oncology,” said Stephen Brown, MD, medical director, Austin Cancer Centers.
Austin Cancer Centers is the only cancer center in Central Texas to achieve this prestigious designation and one of only four in the state of Texas.
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. 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 practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
“Austin Cancer Centers follows two principles: provide patients the highest standard of care, and do it with the utmost compassion and dedication. This seal of accreditation is simply another manifestation of quality care for our patients,” said, Douglas J. Rivera, MD.