Two Affinity Health System hospitals receive radiation oncology accreditation
Mercy Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital cancer centers receive three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology
10 / 13 / 2011
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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MENASHA, Wis.- Two Affinity Health System hospitals’ cancer centers, the Michael D. Wachtel Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Cancer Center, have been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a survey in April 2011 by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The survey analyzes the quality of a facility’s personnel, equipment, treatment planning and treatment records, as well as patient safety policies, quality control/quality assessment activities.
"Receiving this accreditation is a credit to our entire multidisciplinary cancer team," said John Fuller, manager of Affinity Health System cancer centers. "Our entire team is committed to providing the highest quality of personalized care to all of our cancer patients."
The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.