Cancer Program at Valley Medical Center Again Granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation

RENTON, WA - The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has once again granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to Valley Medical Center (VMC) in the category: Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program. 
VMC received the Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor in August of 2011, during which VMC demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program including cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.
“We are very pleased to have once again received this award from the Commission on Cancer, said Karen Irish, Administrative Director for Cancer Services at Valley Medical Center. “Valley’s Cancer Program has been continuously accredited by the CoC since 1984 and has consistently received Accreditation with Commendation since its inception in 2005.”

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