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PHILADELPHIA (June 6, 2012) - Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia’s Department of Radiation Oncology has been recognized for excellence in patient care by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), which have awarded the Department a three-year accreditation.
The ACR/ASTRO endorsement signifies that the radiation treatment received by cancer patients at Einstein meets stringent safety and quality criteria. Only a select group of radiation oncology facilities have been given this prestigious distinction. The Department was assessed by independent, impartial evaluators who conducted on-site inspections in depth, reviewed patient records, and interviewed Department leaders to determine its eligibility for accreditation.
“We are honored to be recognized by the ACR and ASTRO for delivering radiation treatment according to the highest standards of quality of care and patient safety,” said Lawrence J. Solin, MD, Chair of the Department. “Our accreditation is the result of the dedication of our entire Department staff in caring for all of our patients on a daily basis.”
The radiation oncology team, which treats all types of adult cancers, includes radiation oncology physicians, radiation physicists, radiation therapists, medical dosimetrists, and radiation therapy nurses. The Department offers advanced technology to provide sophisticated treatment, including use of a Varian Trilogy™ linear accelerator. The Department physicians are also actively engaged in ongoing research and clinical trials to help develop and identify new treatment techniques in the fight against cancer.
The ACR/ASTRO accreditation is widely regarded as a measure of quality care and is a guide for patients who investigate medical options. All accredited facilities are listed on the ACR website.
The American College of Radiology is a non-profit professional medical association with more than 30,000 members and is the principal organization of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and clinical medical physicists in the United States.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapy. In 1995, ASTRO developed a practice accreditation program, which is periodically revised to reflect clinical and scientific advances within the field.