The Medical Center at Bowling Green has been awarded a three-year term of renewed 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 cancer-related pain. The Medical Center has maintained radiation oncology practice accreditation since 2008 and is the only ACR-accredited radiation oncology facility in Southcentral Kentucky.
“ACR accreditation is a recognition of our team’s dedication to high quality patient care. Radiation therapy is a complicated, highly technical treatment and patients can trust that we are delivering safe, effective, modern cancer therapy,” said Brooke Leachman, M.D., Medical Director of The Medical Center at Bowling Green Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Leachman and Dr. Irene Li provide physician leadership for the department that has provided radiation treatment services to the Southcentral Kentucky community for nearly 40 years.
The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 700 accredited sites, and 30 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.
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.
In addition to radiation oncology, The Medical Center is accredited by the ACR in breast MRI, breast ultrasound, CT, mammography, MRI, nuclear medicine and PET. The Medical Center is also an ACR Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center.