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High Point Regional Health System’s Cancer Center Receives Highest Designation by the American College of Radiology

4/8/2010

According to the American College of Radiology (ACR), the High Point Regional Cancer Center’s Department of Radiation Oncology has received its highest designation, making it the only ACR-accredited radiation therapy facility in the Piedmont Triad, and one of only two in the state of North Carolina.

“While most clinics in our field are committed to delivering high quality care, we chose to take the next step by allowing ourselves to be measured by a standard greater than ourselves,” said
Medical Director, Dr. Bart Frizzell, Department of Radiation Oncology. “This accreditation is not the end of a process, but rather proof of the value of our ongoing commitment to delivering the best care possible.”

Patients should know in order to receive the ACR accreditation, the Cancer Center has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process, in which nationally accepted standards were met. In addition, the ACR accreditation ensures that staff in the Radiation Oncology Department is qualified through certifications, licensure and education. The equipment and the technologies used have been found to be of the highest quality, ensuring High Point Regional's facility either meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

There have been a number of national reports regarding adverse events related to radiation oncology procedures and CT scans; therefore, the ACR is calling for mandatory accreditation of all advanced imaging and radiation oncology providers.

“We realized years ago that everyone in our field tends to promote that they have the newest, latest and greatest technology,” said Frizzell. “The quest for ACR accreditation represents an ongoing commitment to provide the best possible care, through innovative technology, delivered by compassionate and highly qualified staff."

The Cancer Center is affiliated with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Combining High Point's outstanding patient-centered personal care with the resources of a nationally recognized academic medical center affords patients an exceptional environment for healing.

Multiple advanced imaging and treatment technologies, designed to assist in more accurate detection of cancers and to provide for better targeting of tumors, are available at High Point Regional. These include: Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Intensity Modulated Radiation Treatment (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and advanced methods to place radioactive material directly next to cancer.

Media Contact:

Chad Campbell (336) 878-6200
High Point Regional Health System

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