Arizona Center for Cancer Care, 14155 N. 83rd Ave., Suite 127, Peoria, recently became Arizona's first freestanding radiation oncology facility to earn The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation. The accreditation award recognizes Arizona Center for Cancer Care's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards, which address important functions relating to the care of patients and are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts, and patients.

To earn this distinction, AZCCC underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in July 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated AZCCC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

"Organizations that strive for accreditation in ambulatory care from The Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to quality and safety to their patients, staff and their community," said Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. "I commend Arizona Center for Cancer Care for successfully achieving this pinnacle and for its dedication to continually improving patient care."

"We recognize Joint Commission accreditation as the Gold Seal for providing safe, high quality patient care. Achieving accreditation from The Joint Commission is a team effort that will bring confidence to our patients and give us a framework to provide the best care possible," said Daniel Reed, radiation oncologist at AZCCC.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

For more information, contact AZCCC, Division of Radiation Oncology at 623-773-2873, and visit arizonaccc.com.