MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Radiation Oncology programs at the WVU Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center in Morgantown and Fairmont Regional Cancer Center have attained reaccreditation from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) APEx - Accreditation Program for Excellence®.
APEx provides external validation that a radiation oncology facility delivers high-quality, safe patient care. The renewed accreditation is effective until April 2027.
“The WVU Cancer Institute is pleased to continue our APEx accreditation from ASTRO, the largest radiation oncology society in the world,” David A. Clump, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the WVU Department of Radiation Oncology, said. “Our team was invested in evaluating our processes to meet ASTRO’s high standards for safety and quality. Maintaining APEx accreditation shows our community that we continue to be dedicated to delivering consistently safe patient-centered cancer care.”
APEx, the fastest-growing radiation oncology practice accreditation program in the United States, is a voluntary, objective, and rigorous multi-step process during which a radiation oncology practice is evaluated using consensus-based standards. The practice must demonstrate its safety and quality processes and show that it adheres to patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinated treatments, and strong patient engagement.
“ASTRO commends the WVU Cancer Institute for achieving reaccreditation through APEx,” Geraldine M. Jacobson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., F.A.S.T.R.O., chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors, said. “By undergoing this comprehensive review, the facility demonstrated their ongoing commitment to delivering safe, high-quality radiation oncology services to their patients.”
APEx is the only radiation oncology accreditation program that includes a self-assessment, which allows practices to internally assess compliance with quality improvement standards. The practice then proceeds to a facility review by an external surveyor team that includes a radiation oncologist and a medical physicist. The program reflects the recommendations endorsed in the ASTRO publication “Safety is No Accident: A Framework for Quality Radiation Oncology and Care.”