Mary Washington Healthcare’s Regional Cancer Center is a Novalis Certified Cancer Center after a rigorous certification process conducted by an independent, third party panel of experts in radiation therapy.

The center is the first to become Novalis Certified in the state. The certification means the radiosurgery program meets or exceeds standards for quality and patient safety as verified by an independent group of experts.

Stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation use high doses of radiation to destroy cancer. The techniques are often used to treat cancer in the brain and lungs. Unlike conventional radiation, fewer treatment doses are needed. Targeted tumors are destroyed to the point where the results can be compared with surgery—without the trauma of cutting through healthy brain or other structures to reach the tumor.

“At the MWHC Regional Cancer Center we strive to go above and beyond standard measurements for quality care delivery, including stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiation therapy,” said Dr. John Chinault, medical director of radiation oncology at the center.

A comprehensive review was conducted including quality, safety, clinical workflow and the full continuum of care across clinical, support and administrative levels. The MWHC Regional Cancer Center joins a prestigious community of hospitals that have demonstrated the requisite clinical capabilities and standards for treatment delivery.

Mary Washington Healthcare is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides inpatient and outpatient care through 28 facilities, including Mary Washington Hospital, a 451-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a 100-bed community hospital.

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