SMC Receives Accreditation from ACR

Samaritan Medical Center Receives Accreditation from American College of Radiology (ACR)

Watertown, New York ----- Samaritan Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). 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.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our staff and is a testament to our commitment to the highest quality of care for our patients,” explains Daniel S. DeBlasio, MD, SMC Radiation Oncologist. “It validates that Samaritan Medical Center and the community we serve is home to a program that meets the highest accreditation standards in the nation. This just adds to the excitement of the new cancer center, which will open next year, and is one more reason to be proud of the care we deliver to our patients.”

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 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.

“The staff at Samaritan Medical Center has a commitment toward excellence in quality patient care,” states the ACR accreditation report. “An example is the checklist at the beginning of every patient’s chart, which helps keep key staff informed of important details along the patient’s radiation therapy journey.”

The ACR 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 healthcare services.