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    Sep 21, 2014

    Don't use God as 'armor' for waging violence, pope says in Albania

    Photos Paul Haring CNS

    By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service 

    TIRANA, Albania (CNS) -- In a world "where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted and where religious differences are being distorted and exploited," Albania is an "aspiring example" to everyone that peaceful coexistence is possible, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to the country Sept. 21.

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    Sep 21, 2014

    Springfield walk takes message of nonviolence to the streets

     

    Story and photos by Terence Hegarty
    SPRINGFIELD – They walked, they chanted, they carried signs and banners, all to proclaim a message of nonviolence

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    Sep 20, 2014

    Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop 


    (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

    By Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal

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    Sep 19, 2014

    GAO: Many federally subsidized health plans cover elective abortions


    (CNS file photo/Nancy Wiechec)

    By Catholic News Service
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. bishops' pro-life chairman Sept. 16 urged Congress to bring the federal health care law "into compliance with the


Feb 20, 2013

Sister Caritas Cancer Center earns radiology accreditation


 

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(Photo courtesy of Mercy Medical Center)

Staff report

SPRINGFIELDThe Sister Caritas Cancer Center at Mercy Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with nearly 500 accredited sites, and 25 years of accreditation experience.

The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.  It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.  Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. 

The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“At the Sister Caritas Cancer Center, our staff of dedicated professionals is firmly committed to providing state-of the-art technology and treatment to our patients in a comfortable setting,” said Dr. Catherine Carton, medical director of the Sister Caritas Cancer Center and chairperson of the Cancer Program. “This accreditation is independent validation that we are successfully fulfilling that commitment to quality, safety and excellence.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physician, and medical physicists, with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.