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    Feb 26, 2015

    Texas bishop frames theological call to be 'with the immigrant'

    By Patricia Zapor
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photos/Tyler Orsburn)

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The faith and social justice considerations of immigration might be viewed theologically with an eye not just toward how migrants change "by being with us," said Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas, but also "are we willing to change by being with the immigrant?"

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    Feb 26, 2015

    Homeless man of deep faith given funeral, burial in Vatican City

    By Carol Glatz
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS file photos/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A homeless man who faithfully attended Mass at a church inside Vatican City for decades was buried in a Vatican cemetery after it was discovered he had died and was left unidentified in a hospital morgue.

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    Feb 25, 2015

    Grandson's needs prompt Flynn's advocacy for adult-stem cell research

    By Nate Madden
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photo/courtesy Bachrach)

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A former Boston mayor and U.S. ambassador to the Vatican said his life's work now is being an advocate for the use of adult stem cells in research and treatment of diseases.

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    Feb 25, 2015

    Carmelite draws from life of Elijah for pope, Curia's Lenten retreat

    (CNS photos/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

    By Laura Ieraci, Catholic News Service
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Lenten journey of conversion requires Christians to rediscover the "deepest truth" about themselves, cast off their masks and take on the courage to live truth,

Feb 20, 2013

Sister Caritas Cancer Center earns radiology accreditation



(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.