Radiation Center of Greater Nashua’s Radiation Oncology Services Reaccredited by ASTRO’s APEx – Accreditation Program for Excellence®
The only Center in NH currently accredited, and the first in New England to be accredited back in 2018, this achievement reflects the Center’s commitment to high-quality, safe patient care.
(Nashua, NH) October 25, 2022 — The Radiation Center of Greater Nashua once again achieved reaccreditation from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) APEx – Accreditation Program for Excellence®. APEx provides external validation that a radiation oncology facility delivers high-quality, safe patient care. The Radiation Center of Greater Nashua was the first in New England to receive this accreditation back in 2018 and is currently the only accredited Center in New Hampshire. The renewed accreditation is effective for four years until August 2026.
“The Radiation Center of Greater Nashua is pleased to once again earn the APEx accreditation from ASTRO, the largest radiation oncology society in the world,” said Luc Sirois, Medical Physicist at The Radiation Center of Greater Nashua. “This achievement aligns with our patient care priorities and our dedicated efforts to deliver consistently safe patient-centered cancer care as part of our daily practices. Our radiation oncology team is invested in evaluating our processes and continuing to meet ASTRO’s high standards for safety and quality.”
APEx, the fastest-growing radiation oncology practice accreditation program in the United States, is a voluntary, objective and rigorous multi-step process during which a radiation oncology practice is evaluated using consensus-based standards. The practice must demonstrate its safety and quality processes and show that it adheres to patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinated treatments and strong patient engagement.
“ASTRO commends the Radiation Center of Greater Nashua for achieving reaccreditation through APEx,” said Laura A. Dawson, MD, FASTRO, chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors. “By undergoing this comprehensive review, the facility demonstrated their ongoing commitment to delivering safe, high-quality radiation oncology services to their patients.”
APEx is the only radiation oncology accreditation program that includes a self-assessment, which allows practices to internally assess compliance with quality improvement standards. The practice then proceeds to a facility review by an external surveyor team that includes a radiation oncologist and a medical physicist. The program reflects the recommendations endorsed in the ASTRO publication Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care. To date, more than 200 U.S. facilities have earned APEx accreditation. Learn more about APEx at www.astro.org/APEx.
About The Radiation Center of Greater Nashua:
The Radiation Center of Greater Nashua provides local access to the highest quality radiation therapy services and was the first in New England to achieve APEx® Accreditation by ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology). The Center is one of a handful of freestanding radiation therapy facilities in the United States. This means that patients from the greater Nashua area and surrounding communities have a local option for high-quality and cost-effective care that is a fraction of the cost of hospital-based radiation centers. Established in 1992 by Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital, the Center’s comprehensive care team has helped thousands of patients and their families. Over its 30-year history, the Center has continuously invested in innovative, state-of-the art technology such as RaySearch Laboratories RayStation, VisionRT AlignRT Advance tattoo-free treatment, and Elekta linear accelerators. As a result, patients don’t need to travel further from home to a larger center. The Radiation Center of Greater Nashua provides the same excellent standard of care and exceptional treatment.