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    May 28, 2015

    New pastoral looks at Catholics' identity, today's challenges to faith

    By Mark Zimmermann
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS file photo/Paul Haring)

    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl (right) has issued a new pastoral letter "about who we are as Catholics."

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    May 28, 2015

    Polish leaders hope Pope Francis visits Auschwitz when he comes in 2016


    (CNS photo/Stanislaus Rozpedzik, EPA)

    By Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic News Service
    OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Although no date has been set, church leaders in Poland hope Pope Francis will visit the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz during a July 2016 visit to Poland for World Youth Day.

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    May 28, 2015

    UPDATED: Nebraska bishops welcome override of veto of bill ending death penalty


    (CNS file photo/Lisa Maxson, Catholic Voice) 

    By Catholic News Service
    LINCOLN, Neb. (CNS) -- Nebraska state senators overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a bill repealing capital punishment that had been supported by the state's Catholic bishops.

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    May 27, 2015

    Patten: Vatican media must be professional, but reform won't be pillage

    By Simon Caldwell
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS file photo)

    LONDON (CNS) -- The Vatican must stop running its media operation from silos, said the leader of papal commission set up to advise how the Vatican can better communicate with the church and the world.


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.