Daytona Beach, FL – (September 28, 2023) Halifax Health – Charles L and Miki N Grant Cancer Center for Hope has received a full, 4-year Novalis Certification for both its cranial and extracranial stereotactic cancer treatment programs. This certification, awarded by the Novalis Expert Group, stands as a testament to the Center’s unwavering dedication to providing exceptional care in Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT).
The Halifax Health – Cancer Center for Hope is the second cancer center to receive this certification in the state of Florida.
The Novalis Certification is for cranial and extra cranial cancer sites. Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) is a treatment method which targets individual cranial, or brain tumors, as opposed to the more traditional cancer treatment of whole brain radiation. By limiting treatment to the specific lesions, this helps protect healthy brain tissue while precisely delivering radiation to the cancer cells.
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) provides an accurate way to treat extra cranial lesions and tumors outside of the brain – in the lungs, spine, liver and other areas. Similar to SRS for brain tumors, SBRT allows targeted radiation treatment to the tumor and minimizes damage to the healthy tissue and organs. Another advantage is that SBRT has fewer side effects than conventional radiation treatment.
The comprehensive multi-year certification process involved a rigorous evaluation of the center’s clinical practices, technological capabilities, and adherence to the highest standards of patient safety and quality care. Halifax Health – Cancer Center for Hope has demonstrated its commitment to excellence and has been recognized for its outstanding performance in delivering advanced treatments for cranial and extracranial conditions. This third-party validation certification is an optional certification which Halifax Health chose to acquire for peer validation of the daily practices which have made the Halifax Health – Cancer Center for Hope a relied upon community asset.
“The certification is an acknowledgement by our peers that we have achieved a level of excellence that is well above the international average; which is quite satisfying for us and is a comfort to our patients,” said Domenico DelliCarpini, PhD. “The Novalis Certification reaffirms our ongoing commitment to offering the most advanced and effective treatment options to our patients. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”
With this certification, Halifax Health – Cancer Center for Hope further solidifies its position as a leading institution in cutting-edge cancer treatment. Patients and their families can be assured of receiving the highest level of care, backed by the latest advancements in medical technology and a team of highly skilled professionals.
About Halifax Health
Recognized as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the United States by IBM Watson Health™, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of health care services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, two community hospitals, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home health care agency and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Center for Transplant Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org
About Novalis Certified
Novalis Certified is an independent certification program for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) based on international standards and publications of various radiation oncology institutions including ASTRO and the IAEA. This program promotes the delivery of cranial and body radiosurgery at a level of efficacy and safety commensurate with high standards of clinical practice.