Lake Huron Medical Center (LHMC) has been awarded a three-year term of
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.
The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation
oncology accrediting body, with over 700 accredited sites, and 30 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 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.