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SEATTLE – (May 3, 2013) — Virginia Mason’s Section of Radiation Oncology has been accredited by the American College of Radiology, prestigious confirmation of quality and safety.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) seal is awarded only to facilities that meet exacting practice guidelines and technical standards. Accreditation is awarded after an exhaustive third-party, peer-review evaluation that includes an assessment of:

  • Patient care and treatment
  • Patient safety
  • Personnel qualifications
  • Adequacy of facility equipment
  • Quality control procedures
  • Quality assurance programs

"By applying the principles of the Virginia Mason Production System and adhering to evidence-based safety guidelines, we are providing our patients with very high quality treatments. Patients can feel confident that their treatments are being carefully monitored by a team of highly trained professionals," said Huong T. Pham, MD, section head, Radiation Oncology.

One of the most common treatments for cancer, radiation therapy is used in more than half of all cancer cases. Virginia Mason Radiation Oncology is a pioneer in using targeted radiation therapy that results in a shorter course of treatment and less damage to healthy tissue. The accredited center provides a full array of services, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and brachytherapy.

St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, which has been affiliated with Virginia Mason Radiation Oncology since 2003, was accredited by ACR under Virginia Mason’s application.

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.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509

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