Bronson Cancer Center – Battle Creek Achieves Accreditation for Radiation Oncology Services
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has reaccredited the Bronson Cancer Center in Battle Creek as an APEx Accredited Program for Excellence®. The cancer center first received accreditation in 2017. APEx accreditation means that the Bronson Cancer Center in Battle Creek is recognized nationally for providing radiation oncology patients with the highest caliber of care.
“We are pleased to extend our ASTRO APEx accreditation for another four years," says Dr. Randy Mudge, radiation oncologist at the Bronson Cancer Center - Battle Creek and physician in chief of Bronson’s system-wide cancer program. “Our team takes a lot of pride in providing safe, high-quality and compassionate care to our patients. APEx accreditation validates this commitment to excellence.”
APEx is the fastest-growing radiation oncology accreditation program in the United States. The process of gaining accreditation is a voluntary, objective and rigorous, and involves a multi-step process during which a radiation oncology program is evaluated using consensus-based standards. Organizations seeking accreditation 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.
“Our community members who have been diagnosed with cancer deserve the best care possible. Being the only cancer center in southwest Michigan to hold APEx accreditation shows our patients that they can feel confident throughout their treatment process,” explains Dr. Jennifer Webb, radiation oncologist at the Bronson Cancer Center - Battle Creek.
Bronson’s regional cancer program includes the Bronson Cancer Center - Battle Creek and the Bronson Cancer Center – Kalamazoo. Both locations offer medical oncology, hematology and infusion services. The Battle Creek facility also serves as the access point for radiation oncology services for the greater Battle Creek community. It is the only center in west and southwest Michigan, and one of 216 centers in the nation, to hold APEx accreditation. Other institutions with this accreditation include M.D. Anderson and Johns Hopkins. Learn more about APEx at www.astro.org/APEx.
Cutting Edge Radiation Technology
The Bronson Cancer Center in Battle Creek delivers an estimated 6,000 doses of radiation to patients with cancer every year using the Varian TrueBeam Linear Accelerator. This state-of-the-art piece of equipment allows radiologists to deliver high-definition radiotherapy (HDRT) to patients – as opposed to the standard stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Using HDRT, HyperArc reduces radiation treatment times, reduces patient movement during treatment and improves tumor targeting.
Patients receiving radiation oncology services at the the Bronson Cancer Center in Battle Creek can expect:
- A nationally recognized program. In addition to ASTRO APEx accreditation, the cancer center is also one of only 25 centers in the country to earn the Commission on Cancer's Outstanding Achievement Award.
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.