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Flaget Memorial Hospital Earns Accreditation for Oncology Services
Bardstown, Ky. (April 10, 2017) — Flaget Memorial Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has again 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 accreditation continues to show that our patients are receiving the highest quality of care from our staff,” said Monte E. Martin, MD, medical director, KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care at Flaget Memorial.
Flaget Memorial Hospital became home to Nelson County’s first full-service cancer care center – which includes radiation oncology – in September 2010. The facility includes private chemotherapy rooms, intravenous therapy treatment for patients, patient education areas and other amenities, including a cancer-resource library.
The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 500 accredited sites and more than 25 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.
“It is our mission to provide wellness, healing and hope to all. We continue to strive to provide the most compassionate care available to our patients,” said Rick Vancise, site executive, Flaget Memorial Hospital.
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.
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KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.