November 10, 2016

Precision CyberKnife of New York, a program of Mather Hospital at North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates (NSHOA) in East Setauket, has earned a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The accreditation follows a survey by the ACR’s Committee on Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation. The Radiation Oncology Practice Accreditation Program provides third-party, impartial peer review and evaluation of patient care, with evaluation of staff, equipment, treatment planning and records, patient safety and quality control activities.

“ACR accreditation following an objective peer review assessment of the practice demonstrates Precision CyberKnife of New York’s commitment to quality care,” said Michael Burghardt MBA. R.T. (R) (MR), Assistant Vice President for Administration at Mather. “ACR accreditation is widely recognized as a measure of quality care. I congratulate everyone at Mather and NSHOA for this accomplishment.”

The ACR accreditation means that patients who chose Precision CyberKnife of New York know that:

• The facility has voluntarily gone through a rigorous ACR review process to be sure it meets nationally-accepted standards.

• The personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret their medical images and administer their radiation therapy treatments.

• The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment they will receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

Precision CyberKnife of New York offers patients with cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body – including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney – a non-invasive treatment option that offers sub-millimeter accuracy. Precision CyberKnife uses multiple beams of high-dose radiation that converge on the cancer with pinpoint accuracy, avoiding healthy tissue and organs. The treatments are painless and require no anesthesia, no cutting and no hospitalization.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Mather four stars – the highest of any Long Island hospital – for patient experience, safety, and timely and effective care measures based on publicly reported data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey. Mather also was ranked 19th out of almost 250 hospitals in New York State in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings.