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October 2011
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NCH Receives Radiation Oncology Accreditation

Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) has been awarded a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology by the American College of Radiology and the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Northwest Community is just the fourth Illinois hospital to earn this distinction.

acr_accreditation"The accreditation validates the high quality of care we deliver here at Northwest Community Hospital," says Keith Ammons, director of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Services. "It's a significant accomplishment and reflects the hard work and dedication of our highly skilled team."

Northwest Community earned the accreditation by meeting or exceeding specific practice guidelines, quality measures and technical standards. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs were thoroughly assessed.

The hospital also underwent a rigorous on-site review by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. "There's no stone left unturned when you're seeking an accreditation of this magnitude," Ammons adds.

Accredited hospitals are known for providing the highest levels of quality care and patient safety for treating cancer with radiation therapy. Each patient is overseen by a specialized team of medical professionals comprised of experienced radiation oncologists, qualified medical physicists, licensed radiation therapists and a certified dosimetrist.

"It's all about offering patients the best treatments available while making patient safety the top priority," says Dr. Stephen Nigh, medical director of Radiation Oncology at NCH. "We strive to do what's right for each and every patient."

NCH's Radiation Oncology department offers a wide range of treatment therapies that include conformal radiation therapy (3D CRT), intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), CyberKnife® Stereotactic Radiosurgery System, Calypso® (IG-IMRT), low- and high-dose brachytherapy, and accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). Treatment is often delivered in a multidisciplinary manner with surgeons and medical oncologists.

Physicians interested in learning more about Cancer Services and Radiation Oncology at NCH should contact Keith Ammons at 847.618.6570.

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