Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Receives Re-Accreditation from American College of Radiology

February 27, 2008

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center's
Radiation Oncology Program is the only program in the state
of Texas to receive this accreditation.

HOUSTON - The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) has again been awarded a full three-year term of accreditation for its radiation oncology services as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a thorough peer-review evaluation of its practices. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of staff and facility equipment.

“The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is honored to again receive ACR accreditation,” said Edgar L. Tucker, MEDVAMC director. “We are very pleased to be recognized in the industry for providing outstanding services. Such a distinction also underscores the quality of our work and our commitment to providing the highest quality of care and safety to our veterans.”

“This accreditation gives our veterans the assurance that our staff and equipment have passed the American College of Radiology’s rigorous evaluation. It provides a high level of confidence for patients as well as referring physicians that only the highest quality of care is being provided at our facility,” said Shankar Giri, M.D., Radiotherapy chief.

The ACR is a national organization serving diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

“It is a matter of great pride to all of us that the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center's Radiation Oncology Program is the only program in the state of Texas accredited by the American College of Radiology,” said Meena S. Vij, M.D., MEDVAMC Diagnostic and Therapeutic Care Line executive.

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