Local Radiation Oncology Programs Receive Full Accreditation
The American Society for Radiology Oncology (ASTRO) recently awarded four-year accreditation to MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland and MidMichigan Gratiot Cancer Center for adopting procedures to encourage safety and quality of care in compliance with the standards of the Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®).
“We are very pleased to have received APEx accreditation from ASTRO, the largest radiation oncology society in the world.” said MidMichigan Radiation Oncology Medical Director Mark Fireman, M.D. “Our entire radiation oncology team was invested in evaluating our processes to meet ASTRO’s high standards for safety and quality. Securing APEx accreditation serves to reinforce our obligation to deliver consistent patient-centered cancer care.”
APEx is an independent radiation oncology practice accreditation program developed by the American Society for Radiology Oncology. The program is based on a comprehensive set of 16 evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice, organized around five pillars of patient care. These include safety, patient-centered care, the radiation oncology team, quality management and the process of care.
“ASTRO commends MidMichigan Health for achieving APEx accreditation at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland and MidMichigan Gratiot Cancer Center . By undergoing this comprehensive review, these facilities demonstrated a strong commitment to deliver safe, high-quality radiation oncology services to their patients,” said Theodore L. DeWeese, MD, FASTRO, chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors.
Accreditation through APEx is a voluntary, rigorous multi-step process during which a facility’s practices are evaluated using consensus-based standards. The center must demonstrate its safety and quality processes and demonstrate that it adheres to patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinated treatments and strong patient engagement.
The APEx accreditation process includes a facility self-assessment, as well as a comprehensive onsite facility review by a radiation oncologist and a medical physicist. The program reflects the recommendations endorsed in the ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care. To-date, more than 150 U.S. facilities have received APEx accreditation.
APEx is a registered trademark of the American Society for Radiology Oncology (ASTRO).