The ACR is a national and professionalized organization that for 27 years has delivered accreditation to healthcare facilities, with a special focus on medical imaging, radiation oncology and comprehensive health services.
The UVA Cancer Center received this accreditation because it met ACR’s specific technical standards and practice guidelines, determined after a positive peer-review evaluation by medical physicists and board-certified radiation oncologists who are experts in the field. Patient safety and care, equipment, personnel qualifications, quality assurance programs and quality control procedures were all characteristics assessed as part of the review.
Thomas P. Loughran Jr, UVA Cancer Center’s director, said in a press release: “Earning accreditation following a thorough review by the ACR highlights the hard work and skill of our entire team, as well as the comprehensive, high-quality care we provide our patients.”
Notes On The UVA Cancer Center
The UVA Cancer Center is looking to expand its capabilities and develop new therapeutic approaches that might be more effective in preventing and detecting cancer. One of UVA’s goals is to achieve the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) designation of NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center by 2020. This is the NCI’s highest designation.
With this designation, the Center will be able to further improve treatment and apply targeted therapies to more types of cancer, and will possess the necessary resources to perform more clinical trials and develop novel research projects that can result in innovative treatments for their patients.
“By having input from as many scientists as possible, in engineering, biology, organic chemistry, physics and medicine, we can come up with new ways of treating cancer. Most importantly, there is still room for building. I look forward to the opportunity to recruit more people to further strengthen the great operation we have here,” stated Loughran on UVA’s official website.