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Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center earns ACR accreditation

August 03, 2015 posted by Beth Anne Atkins

Greenville, NC — Leo W. Jenkins Cancer 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). 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. 

Dr. Eleanor Harris, chair of radiation oncology at Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, led the efforts to achieve this important designation.

“The American College of Radiology accreditation process is the national gold standard for quality assurance in radiation oncology departments in the United States. The ACR requires numerous quality parameters regarding clinical proficiency and technical excellence to be met, and conducts a rigorous review of the department’s policies, procedures and standards,” said Dr. Harris. “The radiation oncology department at the Brody School of Medicine, located at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center, has been accredited by the ACR for many years and has recently received a full three year re-accreditation. We are the only program in eastern North Carolina to have earned this prestigious nationally recognized seal of excellence from the ACR. This status ensures that our patients receive the highest quality of care in the safest clinical environment.” 

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. 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 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. 

The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center provides outpatient cancer services through a collaboration between Vidant Health and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Cancer experts diagnose and treat thousands of cancer patients every year. 

Through clinical trials, cancer patients have access to the latest, most promising treatments. The staff at Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center is a resource for patients wanting to learn how to manage their illness and take advantage of services available close to home. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 252-744-1888 or 800-223-9328. 

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