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    May 5, 2015

    Schoendienst quietly lives his faith, serves as mentor to young players


    (CNS photo/Tannen Maury, EPA)

    By Joseph Kenny, Catholic News Service
    ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Seventy years ago, a ballplayer from a small-town Catholic family began a Hall of Fame career in major league baseball.

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    May 5, 2015

    Baltimore prays for peace, progress in addressing systemic injustices


    (CNS photo/Sait Kernan Gurbuz, Reuters)

    By Erik Zygmont, Catholic News Service
    BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Prayer provides the strength and patience needed to love neighbors and will help Baltimoreans as they addresses the injustices that led to a night of rioting and looting, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore said.

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    May 5, 2015

    Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

    By Carol Glatz
    Catholic News Service
    (CNS photo/courtesy of the Pontifical Council of the New Evangelization)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" on foot, and to send "missionaries of mercy" throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

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    May 4, 2015

    Week after quake, trucks of aid begin reaching remote areas of Nepal


    (CNS photos/Jake Lyell)

    By Anto Akkara, Catholic News Service
    KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS) -- Truckloads of relief material organized by church charities began moving across Nepal a week after the Himalayan nation was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake April 25.


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.