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Dyson Center for Cancer Care earns accreditation

Posted: 12/18/2014

The Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers 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).

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 safe delivery of radiation therapy requires the coordinated efforts of the entire radiation oncology team and we here at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care take pride in our commitment to patient safety and comfort, which contributes to the overall positive experience,” said Sandi Cassese, vice president of Oncology Services for Health Quest. “This accreditation is a testament to our role as a leader in high-quality cancer care in the Hudson Valley.”

The Dyson Center for Cancer Care has been accredited by ACR since 2000 and was the first center in the region to receive the recognition.

Health Quest is a not-for-profit integrated family of hospitals and healthcare providers that includes Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck and Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel, as well as affiliates Health Quest Medical Practice and The Heart Center, among others.

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 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.

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