American College of Radiology, the nation’s leading radiation oncology accrediting body, recently awarded Central Care Cancer Center a full three-year accreditation for its radiation oncology practice at Heartland Cancer Center in Garden City.

Central Care partners with St. Catherine Hospital and Centura Health in providing oncology services at Heartland Cancer Center.

ACR accreditation is recognized as the highest achievement in medical imaging and represents the peak level of quality and patient safety, according to a press release form Central Care, and only seven oncology practices in Kansas currently have the ACR gold seal distinction.

“Our staff went through a meticulous process to achieve accreditation,” Johanna Garzon, director of Heartland Cancer Center, said in the press release. “It is a process in which an impartial peer review is completed and a site visit is conducted to assure that quality standards are being followed. The accreditation affirms that at Heartland Cancer Center, we are providing the absolute best healthcare and safety measures to our patients.”

Heartland's medical oncology program previously was accredited by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) certification program. Additionally, the Breast Center at St. Catherine Hospital, located inside the cancer center, is certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and is the only center between Kansas City and Colorado Springs to achieve such distinction, Central Care stated in the release.

“Western Kansas deserves the best care available, and that’s what we provide at Heartland Cancer Center,” said Dr. Claudia Perez-Tamayo, radiation oncologist and president of Central Care Cancer Center. “Not only do we have an expert team of physicians, but we have the greatest technology available in oncology care today. The PET-CT and the TrueBeam STx bring the latest, most-advanced technology to Kansas. Our unique blend of physician expertise, technology and achievements of national accreditation measures assures our patients that they are receiving the best care in the state and beyond.”