Mercy 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). Mercy Cancer Center operates two radiation oncology centers – one at its Central Campus location in downtown Des Moines and one at its West Lakes location in Clive. Mercy’s is the only radiation oncology practice in central Iowa to obtain this accreditation.
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 ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with more than 650 accredited sites, and 29 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.
“MCCRO remains one of only two radiation oncology departments in Iowa to voluntarily submit to this comprehensive and rigorous review of all facets of our patient care. This accreditation is a strong testament to the outstanding work each of our colleagues does every day with expertise, compassion and empathy,” said Dr. Phil Colletier, Mercy Cancer Center Radiation Oncology Medical Director.