Hugh Chatham News & Notes
HCMH Radiation Oncology Department Awarded with American College of Radiology Accreditation
The Radiation Oncology Department at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (HCMH) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation Oncology is the practice of using high-energy radiation to treat cancer.
The ACR seal accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is only awarded to facilities that meet specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards that were developed by the ACR. The accreditation process includes a review of HCMH’s Radiation Oncology Department’s adherence to high levels of patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel certifications, facilities and equipment, and quality control procedures. An independent peer-review team that reported their findings to the ACR accessed quality assurance programs, staff and the facility as part of the accreditation process.
According to the American College of Radiology, the goals of the accreditation program are to provide impartial, third-party peer reviews; to recognize quality radiation oncology practices through accreditation; to make recommendations for improvement in practice and patient outcomes according to the recognized standards of the scientific community; and to provide a referral list for patients. In addition, the on-site surveyors act as data collectors and submit their findings to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation who makes the final recommendations regarding accreditation. This committee is composed of board certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who undergo special training in order to participate.