American College of Radiology grants three-year accreditation to QMG radiation oncology program

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QUINCY — Quincy Medical Group’s radiation oncology program recently was awarded a three-year term of accreditation by the American College of Radiology, the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body with more than 700 accredited sites and more than 30 years of accreditation experience.

The ACR represents the collective expertise of more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists. It provides professional and educational resources with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. The ACR seal of accreditation, emblematic of achieving the highest standards of quality care, is awarded only to facilities that comply with specific ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists.

“Achieving such accreditation from the ACR is no easy task,” said Dr. Michael Fallon, a radiation oncologist at QMG. “The review process entails thorough audits by physicians and physicists board certified in radiation oncology. The audits consist of reviewing patient care records, staffing, facility design, equipment capabilities, quality assurance procedures, operating policies and safety procedures.”

Fallon said the findings of the auditors are presented to the Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation Committee, which can issue one of three decisions: 1) denial of accreditation; 2) one-year accreditation with review (pending implementation of corrective action plans); 3) full three-year accreditation.

“We received a full three-year accreditation with no call for submission of any corrective action plans. This is an exceptional accreditation, particularly for a new service line,” Fallon said.

Since 1981, Quincy Medical Group has provided cancer care to the greater Quincy region since 1981. QMG expanded its healthcare portfolio in 2020 to include radiation oncology. QMG’s radiation oncology program offers 3-dimensional conformal, intensity-modulated and image-guided radiotherapy along with stereotactic body radiotherapy and, in conjunction with neurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery.

To learn more about the QMG Cancer Institute, 3301 Broadway, visit quincymedgroup.com/cancer.

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