Cancer Center earns ACR accreditation

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 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.

“We’re honored to have received re-accreditation from the ACR,” Dr. Johnny Bernard Jr., Senior Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at SOMC, said. “It shows our commitment to improve the quality of care in our practice.”

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 Radiation Oncology Department has been accredited since 2003 and is the only center in the area that is accredited,” Wendi Waugh, Administrative Director of SOMC Cancer Services said. “We are proud to be able to provide quality and safe care to patients at SOMC and to have this affirmed by the ACR.”

For more information about SOMC’s Cancer Center, call 740-356-7490 or visit somc.org/cancer.