Cancer Center Earns ACR Reaccreditation

For immediate release: June 10, 2015

ACR

The Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has once again been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

To achieve ACR reaccreditation, the Cancer Center was the subject of a voluntary peer-review evaluation, during which time board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists surveyed the Center’s patient care and treatment; patient safety; personnel qualifications; adequacy of facility equipment; quality control procedures; and quality assurance programs. ACR accreditation is only earned by those facilities meeting specific practice guidelines and technical standards.

“As an ACR-accredited site, the Cancer Center demonstrates its ability to provide the highest level of quality and safety when caring for patients needing radiation oncology, which is radiation therapy used to cure cancer or relieve a patient’s pain,” comments Brian Leutner, director of oncology services, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Phillip Sawyer, MS, DABR, lead medical physicist and radiation safety officer, adds, “ACR accreditation is a rigorous process that assures our Radiation Oncology program meets high standards for quality and safety in both the medical and technical aspects.”

Information about the Cancer Program at UM Shore Regional Health can be found at umshoreregional.org.

The American College of Radiology 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. It is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body with over 600 accredited sites and 27 years of accreditation experience.

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,600 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.