For Immediate Release
OMAHA, NE – CHI Health Cancer Care has been awarded an accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR accreditation was received after a review of the care given to patients at: CHI Health Bergan Mercy, CHI Health Immanuel, CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center and CHI Health Midwest Cancer Center at Lakeside.
A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain. Working with a cancer care team, radiation oncologists help plan treatment and carefully monitor each of their patients.
“Recognition by the ACR, the most prominent accreditation body for radiation oncology, validates the exceptional level of care provided to our patients,” said Hadi Zahra. MD, a radiation oncologist who sees patients at CHI Health Immanuel. “Patients can be assured that receiving radiation treatment within an ACR accredited program is conducted utilizing best practices and the highest level of patient safety.”
The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with more than 600 accredited sites and 27 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.
“We are proud that our highly-skilled team of medical professionals has been recognized by the ACR,” said Becki Swanson, operations leader of CHI Health Cancer Care. “Our team, from certified oncology nurse navigators to radiations oncologists and surgeons, delivers excellent patient care while treating the whole person with individualized care plans with a wide array of support services.”
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 it 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.
About CHI Health
CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 14,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2013, the organization provided a combined $130.7 million in quantified community benefit including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from Kearney, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northern Kansas. For more information, visit online at CHIhealth.com.