Centra's Cancer Services Receives Accreditation

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Centra's Cancer Services Receives Accreditation

Monday, June 4, 2018

Centra's radiation oncology department has obtained APEx accreditation through the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).  Centra is one of two health care systems in the state of Virginia to achieve this.  On a national scale, we are one of only forty health care systems that have achieved this mark.  This is a true testament to the world class care that is happening at the Pearson Cancer Center.

APEx (Accreditation Program for Excellence) is a program developed by ASTRO based on a comprehensive set of sixteen evidence based standards of radiation oncology practice.  These standards are focused on five pillars of patient care:  1) the process of care; 2) the radiation oncology team; 3) safety; 4) quality management; and 5) patient-centered care.

The survey team assessed our radiation oncology department on compliance with these standards.  They evaluated our policies and procedures, reviewed our quality assurance program, audited patient charts and interviewed team members.  Based on their findings, ASTRO has awarded the PCC full accreditation.

There was a lot of hard work that went into the accreditation process.  Ultimately that work served merely to document and formalize the outstanding job of caring for our patients that is done on a daily basis.  This award recognizes that the care provided is of the utmost quality and exceeds the highest standards that exist in the radiation oncology field.