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    Apr 18, 2014

    Papal preacher: Betraying Jesus is bad, doubting his mercy is worse

    By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Everyone is capable of betraying Jesus as Judas did, but no one should make the mistake of doubting God's mercy and willingness to forgive, the papal preacher said.

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    Apr 18, 2014

    Teens from Diocese Make Holy Thursday Pilgrimage to Seven Churches

     

    By Carolee McGrath

    CHICOPEE – Fifty teens from across the Diocese of Springfield spent Holy Thursday evening visiting seven churches in the area,

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    Apr 18, 2014

    Pope's Via Crucis meditations: God is on side of abused, violated

    By Carol Glatz
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photos/courtesy Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The often silent plight of sexually abused children, victims of domestic violence, prisoners, the abandoned elderly, the unemployed and immigrants facing hostility will be given a powerful voice during the Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum.

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    Apr 17, 2014

    Jesus wants everyone to serve others with love, pope says


    (CNS photos/Tony Gentile, Reuters) 

    By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In the humble act of washing his disciples' feet, Jesus is showing all Christians how he wants them to


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.