Valley Medical Center Earns National Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Renton, Wash. – December 30, 2014, The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditationwith Commendation to the cancer program at Valley Medical Center. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Valley Medical Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.

“As a community hospital, we’re very proud to be able to provide industry-leading cancer care to our patients in a convenient, close-to-home setting,” remarked Dr. Ron Swensen, MD, Medical Director for Cancer Services at Valley Medical Center. “We’ve invested heavily in improving our multidisciplinary cancer services over recent years, and this CoC accreditation is a testament to the hard work our cancer team has put in to be able to continuously improve our cancer services and outcomes for our patients. We are grateful for the trust our patients place in us.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Valley Medical Center to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities Valley Medical Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.

ACS estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at http://www.facs.org/cancerprogram/index.html.

View report comparing Valley Medical Center's Cancer Program's state-wide and regional performance.

About Valley Medical Center:

Valley Medical Center (VMC) is a 321-bed acute care hospital and clinic network committed to providing safe, quality, and compassionate care for more than 63 years. The oldest and largest public district hospital in the State of Washington, VMC proudly serves over 600,000 residents in South King County. Dedicated to patient safety and improving the overall health of the community, VMC is a thriving medical center that focuses resources on major disease areas and specialties, including: emergency and trauma care, joint replacement, neuroscience, childbirth and Level III neonatal ICU, surgical services, critical care, cancer services, breast health, sleep medicine, diabetes education and much more. Through Valley Medical Group, a network of Primary Care clinics serve as a medical home for care management, Urgent Care clinics provide a safety net of after-hours care and walk-in consult and treatment, and over a dozen specialty clinics provide convenient access throughout the district. In 2011, Valley Medical Center joined the UW Medicine Health System. For more information, visit valleymed.org.

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About the Commission on Cancer:

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes 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. For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer

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