Published on July 13, 2021

Local Radiation Oncology Programs Receive Full Accreditation

Photo of the Radiation Oncology team at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena.

Pictured left to right is the Radiation Oncology team, Krystina Haggerty-McNeil, Curt Hampton, Mario Lacerna, M.D., Stephanie Haggerty-McNeil, Liza Morris, Denelle Shultz, Jin Xian Dai, Roxanne Foor.

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently awarded four-year accreditation to MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena for adopting procedures to encourage safety and quality of care in compliance with the standards of the Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®). APEx is an accreditation program developed by ASTRO that validates a radiation oncology facility’s excellence in delivering high-quality patient care.

“We are very pleased to have received APEx accreditation from ASTRO, the largest radiation oncology society in the world.” said Mario Lacerna, M.D., medical director, radiation oncology Medical Director “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.”

“ASTRO commends the Cancer Center for achieving APEx accreditation. By undergoing this comprehensive review, the facility has demonstrated a strong commitment to delivering safe, high-quality radiation oncology services to their patients,” said Thomas J. Eichler, 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 170 U.S. facilities have earned APEx accreditation.

APEx is a registered trademark of the American Society for Radiology Oncology (ASTRO).