ACR accreditations awarded to Cleveland, Athens cancer centers
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Cleveland and Athens Regional Cancer Center staffs are pictured. Shown left to right kneeling: Carol Dudney, Shannon Durrett; second row: Karen Marshall, Rachel Cross, Julie Moran, Dr. Lisa Virostek, Robin Rhyne, Melanie Fletcher, Brandi Glover; back row: Donna Clark, Tim Welch, Terri McDowell, Dr. Phillip Dugan, Jennie Harbison, Robbie Hakeem, Amber Malone, Al Frias. Submitted photo
Cleveland and Athens Regional Cancer Center staffs are pictured. Shown left to right kneeling: Carol Dudney, Shannon Durrett; second row: Karen Marshall, Rachel Cross, Julie Moran, Dr. Lisa Virostek, Robin Rhyne, Melanie Fletcher, Brandi Glover; back row: Donna Clark, Tim Welch, Terri McDowell, Dr. Phillip Dugan, Jennie Harbison, Robbie Hakeem, Amber Malone, Al Frias. Submitted photo
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Cleveland and Athens Regional Cancer Centers are the first Radiation Therapy facilities in East Tennessee to be awarded the American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation.

The ACR accreditation to both the Cleveland and Athens Regional Cancer Centers indicates that the standard of treatment at these centers is equivalent to elite cancer centers around the nation.

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 500 accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience. This accreditation is a three-year term in radiation oncology and is a result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology.

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.

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 a cancer patient’s pain.

Established in 1985, the Cleveland Regional Cancer Center provides radiation therapy for cancer patients in Cleveland, Athens and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Lisa Virostek, in practice since 1996, along with the cancer center staff, including Nurse Practitioner, Medical Physicists, certified medical dosimetrist, registered radiation therapists, and other support medical personnel have demonstrated through their dedication to the cancer patients that the practices are worthy of endorsement by the ACR.

In addition, the Ocoee Regional Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, was formed by Dr. Philip Dugan to provide support to patients and their families living in and seeking cancer radiation treatments in Bradley, Meigs, McMinn and Polk counties.

The Cleveland and Athens Regional Cancer Centers continually strive to offer the communities the most advanced and up to date technology available in radiation therapy.