Radiation Oncology Department Earns National Re-Accreditation

January 7, 2011

TRENTON, NJ - The Radiation Oncology Department at Capital Health has been awarded a three-year term of re-accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Out of more than 70 radiation oncology facilities across New Jersey, Capital Health is among the 24 facilities to undergo ACR’s rigorous review process and meet or exceed their nationally accepted standards for quality and safety.

“Our center was recently evaluated by their board certified physician and medical physicists who are nationally recognized experts in the field of radiation oncology,” said Dr. Shirnett Williamson, medical director of Radiation Oncology and CyberKnife® at Capital Health Regional Cancer Center. “After they assessed our treatment quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs, they found the services we provide to patients here at the Capital Health Regional Cancer Center to meet and exceed their highest quality standards.”

Physicians and other health care professionals who specialize in radiation oncology use radiation therapy as the main modality in the treatment of cancer. The Radiation Oncology Department at Capital Health Regional Cancer Center provides Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), three-dimensional (3-D) conformal radiation therapy, brachytherapy, and CyberKnife® radiosurgery, a state-of-the-art non-invasive process for treating tumors anywhere in the body with pinpoint accuracy while avoiding damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

“I would like to thank and congratulate all of our physicians and staff in the Radiation Oncology Department for accomplishing this great achievement. By earning this accreditation, we’re telling our community that we provide safe radiation treatments at the highest level of quality based on the most stringent national standards,” said Rona Remstein, director of Oncology Services at the Capital Health Regional Cancer Center.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice. The ACR is a national organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

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