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Baton Rouge General Earns Re-Accreditation by the American College of Radiology

03-Sep-2012

Baton Rouge, LA --- Baton Rouge General’s Pennington 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.

“Earning ACR re-approval reflects Baton Rouge General’s focus on excellence and the highest quality standards in every aspect of the hospital’s cancer program to provide leading-edge cancer care for the community,” comments William Russell, MD, Medical Director of Radiology Oncology with Baton Rouge General.

ACR 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.

About Baton Rouge General’s Cancer Program
Baton Rouge General's cancer program was approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program in 1989 and was the first cancer program in the region to attain approval. The program has maintained continuous approval subsequently. Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center was most recently re-approved in March 2011 and again achieved full three-year approval with all eight possible commendations. In addition, the Center's Radiation Oncology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and most recently received re-accreditation in 2012. In 2009, Baton Rouge General was the first accredited Breast Cancer Program in Louisiana by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This accreditation assures Baton Rouge General patients benefit from:

· A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best care treatment options

· Access to breast cancer information, education and support services

· Breast cancer data collection on quality indicators for all specialties involved in breast cancer care

· Ongoing monitoring and follow-up care

· Participation in clinical trials evaluating new breast cancer treatment options.

For more information, visit www.BRGeneral.org.

About American College of Radiology
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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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