Ikard earns ACR ASTRO accreditation

MMC Ikard Radiation Oncology Earns ACR-ASTRO Accreditation

April 19, 2012 — Memorial Medical Center’s Ikard Radiation Oncology has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology American College of Radiology (ACR) and The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Ikard Radiation Oncology is the only accredited facility in southern New Mexico and one of only two in the state to be fully accredited.  According to the ACR, only 10% of Radiation Oncology facilities are accredited in the United States.

“This confirms to cancer patients in Las Cruces, Southern New Mexico, and El Paso, that they can receive state of the art, high-quality radiation therapy treatment, right here, in their own community” Ikard’s Chief Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Cherie Hayostek said.

The ACR-ASTRO seal of accreditation is awarded to facilities that meet specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR and ASTRO after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are all assessed during the application process.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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. ASTRO is a professional organization serving more than 10,000 radiation oncologists, medical physicists and other health care professionals involved in the treatment of cancer patients.

Memorial Ikard Cancer Treatment Center is located south of the MMC Medical Center Parking lot, at 2450 S. Telshor Blvd., Suite E.  Phone number is 575-556-5800.