APEx is an independent Radiation Oncology practice accreditation program developed by ASTRO based on a comprehensive set of evidence-based standards of radiation oncology practice. The standards are focused on five pillars of patient care, including the process, the radiation oncology team, safety, quality management and patient-centered care.
“St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center is pleased to receive APEx accreditation from the premier radiation oncology society in the world.” said Calvin Robinson, Executive Director of the Cancer Care Center. “Evaluating our processes in relation to ASTRO’s high standards, including standards for safety and quality, validates our practices and recognizes the efforts of our radiation oncology team to deliver patient-centered radiation oncology care.”
ASTRO is the leading organization in radiation oncology, with more than 10,000 members worldwide who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. The society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy.
“ASTRO is proud to recognize St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center for achieving APEx accreditation,” said ASTRO chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO. “St. Anthony’s has demonstrated a commitment to providing their patients with safe, high-quality radiation therapy services.”
Accreditation through APEx is a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process that can take up to one year to complete. Each center seeking APEx accreditation must have its policies and procedures evaluated using objective, verifiable expectations for performance in radiation oncology. It must demonstrate its commitment to high standards of safety and quality in the practice of radiation oncology and that it practices patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment, and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.