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Penrose Cancer Center Earns
American College of Radiology Accreditation
Colorado Springs, CO - Penrose 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). The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level
of quality and patient safety and 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
During the accreditation process, 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.
This honor complements Penrose Cancer Center's comprehensive
cancer program, which includes traditional oncology services along
with nurse navigation, research and clinical trials, genetic
counseling, nutrition and fitness programs, multidisciplinary
conferences and more.
Penrose Cancer Center and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services'
other distinctions include: American College of
Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award,
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), one of
HealthGrades America's 50 Best Hospitals and ANCC Magnet
Recognition. In 2003, Penrose Cancer Center was also the first
program in the state to receive ACR accreditation.
The ACR is the nation's oldest and most widely accepted
radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 500 accredited
sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience. It 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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