COOPERSTOWN — The Bassett Healthcare Network Cancer Institute recently earned national recognition for the quality of cancer care it provides to patients.
Bassett’s radiation oncology program is the first in New York to earn ASTRO APEx accreditation. Only a small percentage of cancer centers in the U.S. have earned this accreditation, making it a highly prestigious honor.
“This was a rigorous process to undertake and is a testament to the incredible commitment of the team in the cancer center to providing a higher standard of care to our patients,” said Dr. Alfred Tinger, chief and medical director of the Bassett Cancer Institute. “This particular accreditation program focuses on the process of care, safety, quality management, and patient-centered care. Achieving this honor provides our patients with additional confidence that they will receive the highest level of care possible.”
Completing the ASTRO APEx accreditation program is voluntary and can take up to a year. Cancer centers must demonstrate compliance with 16 evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice. Successful accreditation means Bassett’s cancer center demonstrated the following:
The Bassett Cancer Institute’s practitioners, policies and procedures, and quality of care met the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s highest standards.
The cancer care team puts the patient at the center of care by promoting effective communication, coordinated treatment and by engaging patients and their families as partners in care.
The cancer care team’s process of care has been validated by trained independent radiation oncology professionals.
The cancer care team is focused on providing the best possible cancer care and is committed to continual improvement.
The ASTRO APEx radiation oncology accreditation is a four-year accreditation.
The accreditation process included a facility visit and comprehensive evaluation by a team of surveyors from APEx that included a medical physicist, radiation oncologist, radiation therapist, nurse, nurse practitioner, and practice administrator.