Stanford-ValleyCare cancer program receives national recognition

Commission on Cancer awards hospital with three-year accreditation award

Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare's cancer care services was recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation by the Commission on Cancer, a quality assessment program by the American College of Surgeons.

The three-year accreditation from the commission is only awarded to cancer care programs that exceed the organization's cancer care standards at the time of a facility's triennial survey, according to Stanford-ValleyCare officials.

"At Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare, we strive to provide the most effective, high-quality, compassionate care to our cancer patients, and we are extremely proud that our program meets such rigorous quality standards," chief operating officer Tracey Lewis Taylor said in a statement. "We are humbled that our patients allow us into their lives during such personal and important moments."

The voluntary accreditation is granted to facilities that are committed to providing the highest quality and most up-to-date cancer care possible, according to the commission's "Cancer Program Standards" manual, which judges facilities on the full continuum of cancer care including prevention, survivorship, rehabilitation and end-of-life care for patients.

Accreditation means ValleyCare takes a multidisciplinary approach to the many areas that encompass cancer care, said ValleyCare officials. Multidisciplinary care means collaboration and consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists, officials elaborated.

In addition to the prestige that comes with the accreditation, ValleyCare will have access to the National Cancer Database, which is comprised of a cancer registry from all commission-accredited facilities, tracking and exploiting trends in cancer care.

This database enables ValleyCare to stay apprised of national trends and ensure that their patients have access to information on cutting edge clinical trials and treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services such as psycho-social support and survivor care, hospital officials said.

According to ValleyCare officials, the 1,500 commission-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. diagnose and/or treat more than 70% of all newly diagnosed cancer patients in the country.

"Accreditation from the CoC cements Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare's personalized and quality-driven approach to our patients" said Denise Estrada, manager of cancer services. "Our standards of care are verified by a respected and reputable national organization and demonstrate adherence to the highest performance measures."

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