Radiation Oncology Awarded Accreditation - Mountain Home VA Healthcare System
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Radiation Oncology Awarded Accreditation

Radiation Oncology Team Members

Staff members of Radiation Oncology pose at a recent awards ceremony celebrating the department's Accreditation from the American College of Radiology.

By Public Affairs
Thursday, January 30, 2020

MOUNTAIN HOME, TN — James H. Quillen VA 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).

“We are thrilled by the accreditation and believe this reflects our commitment to providing the highest quality care for our Veterans,” said Deborah Eddy, Associate Director for Patient Care Services. “By undergoing this accreditation process, we are showing that we go above and beyond in our Radiation Oncology department. I am so proud of our staff for the dedication they show to our Veterans each day.”

JHQVAMC is the only Radiation Oncology Department in Northeast Tennessee that is ACR accredited, and the only one within a 50-mile radius.

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 is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted Radiation Oncology accrediting body, with over 700 accredited sites, and 30 years of accreditation experience. 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 during the survey. 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.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 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.

 

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