Samaritan awarded radiation oncology qualification for new cancer treatment option – WatertownDailyTimes.com

Posted: August 25, 2017 at 4:44 pm

WATERTOWN While Samaritan Medical Center makes progress on a new cancer center, set to open next year, the hospital has earned a new radiology qualification for cancer treatment.

Samaritan has been awarded a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology from the American College of Radiology, and will now be able to offer radiation therapy to cancer patients.

Radiation therapy uses focused high-energy-level radiation to cure or treat cancer, or relieve a patients pain.

This is a tremendous accomplishment for our staff and is a testament to our commitment to the highest quality of care for our patients, Dr. Daniel S. DeBlasio, Samaritan radiation oncologist, said in a public statement.

It validates that (Samaritan) and the community we serve is home to a program that meets the highest accreditation standards in the nation. This just adds to the excitement of the new cancer center, which will open next year, and is one more reason to be proud of the care we deliver to our patients. The American College of Radiology is the oldest and most commonly accepted accrediting body in the nation for radiation oncology.

Samaritan treats roughly 600 cancer patients each year.

The Walker Cancer Center is scheduled to open in early fall of 2018 and will include new radiology equipment on the first floor and consolidated care on the second floor with a infusion treatment suite for chemotherapy and blood transfusions.

Palliative care, nutrition, financial, social and survivorship care. and other programs are also being incorporated into the new center.

The staff at Samaritan Medical Center has a commitment toward excellence in quality patient care, the accreditation report said according to the hospital. An example is the checklist at the beginning of every patients chart, which helps keep key staff informed of important details along the patients radiation therapy journey.

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