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WCA Radiation Oncology Earns Prestigious ACR Accreditation


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Celebrating ARC accreditation honors, from left (front) Janet Larsen, RT, Senior Radiologic Technologist at WCA; Jill Northrup, RT(T), WCA Cancer Treatment Center (back); Sherry Rogers (back), oncology clerk; Tammara L.C. Hodges, director of imaging at WCA; Larry S. Senn, WCA Hospital Vice President of Administration; Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO; Theresa Pagliuca, M.D., board-certified radiation oncologist at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center; Daniel Eklum, RT (T) radiation therapist; Deborah Anderson, R.N.; Judith Thomas, RT (T); radiation therapist manager at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center. Pictured in back row, James Vaughan, MS DABR, certified medical physicist; Jeremy Kilduff, CMD/RTT, certified medical physicist, and Nadeem Khan, MS, certified medical physicist, WCA Cancer Treatment Center.

American College of Radiology Seal of Approval

ACR Recognition Considered ‘Gold Standard’ For Patient Care

WCA Hospital, the region’s healthcare leader, has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent rigorous review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer.

“Our commitment to providing the highest level of patient-centered medical care is the hallmark of WCA Hospital,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “It is through the hard work of our physicians and staff and their dedication and devotion to the excellence in cancer care that I attribute our successful accreditation.  We are proud to be recognized by this national professional organization of experts which affirms our continuing pledge to be the region’s leader in healthcare.”

ACR is awarded to health facilities who meet specific practice guidelines and technical standards developed by the American College of Radiology 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.

Theresa Pagliuca, M.D., board-certified radiation oncologist on staff at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center, says it is important for patients to understand that they are receiving the best cancer care possible.  “Our distinction is formal acknowledgement of our quality by an independent panel of experts from all over the country,” says Dr. Pagliuca.  “For our patients and the community, this recognition by the ACR provides confirmation of the excellent services we provide at WCA Hospital and gives our patients that extra measure of security and confidence that they are receiving the best cancer care right here, close to home.  When patients are treated at an accredited facility, they receive a level of assurance that we are looking out for their best interests. Patients receive the same level of high quality care that they would expect from a large academic facility locally, surrounded by the compassionate support of their family and friends.  It just doesn’t get better than that.”

About WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program
WCA Hospital’s Cancer Care Program, the only program in the region recognized for cancer care excellence by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC), is staffed by a team of expert physicians and health care professionals.  The WCA Cancer Treatment Radiation program is under the medical direction of Theresa Pagliuca, M.D., board-certified radiation oncologist.  The Cancer Care Program at WCA provides a wide range of cancer care services from routine screenings to the diagnosis and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer. The comprehensive cancer care team is dedicated to preventing, diagnosing, and treating cancer for residents in the Chautauqua County and surrounding region. In partnership with physicians, hospital staff, and health care providers, the nationally recognized program provides a comprehensive range of high-quality, compassionate, and cost-effective services, including health education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and psychosocial and patient navigation support. A Cancer Care Treatment Committee composed of individuals specializing in every aspect of care for patients with malignant diseases reviews all cancer-related activities at WCA Hospital. By evaluating educational programs, interpreting Cancer Registry data and analyzing results of patient care studies, the Committee continues to raise the level of cancer care at WCA.

About the American College of Radiology
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. 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 health care services.

For more information on the WCA Hospital Cancer Care Program, visit the hospital’s website at http://www.wcahospital.org/cancercare.php. Patients may be referred by a physician or may directly seek a consultation and radiation treatment care by contacting the WCA Cancer Treatment Center at (716) 664-8670.  Minimal treatment wait times.  Appointments made suited to patients personal scheduling needs.

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