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Geisinger facilities earn ACR accreditation

CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3652 
March 1, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. — Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) in Wilkes-Barre, have 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 is the careful and skilled 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.

“Earning ACR accreditation is something our radiation oncology department has been striving for because it signifies a commitment to quality and safety that we feel our patients deserve,” said Dr. Omar Yumen, Director, Radiation Oncology. “However, earning this accreditation is just the beginning as we will continue working to provide our patients the highest level of care in the years to come.”

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 the ACR. Accredited facilities are subject to a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who assess patient care, treatment and safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with nearly 500 accredited sites and 25 years of accreditation experience. It 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.

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