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ValleyCare Cancer Program Received a Three-Year Accreditation

Hospital news | Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA --- ValleyCare Health System’s Cancer Program has received a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

ValleyCare was granted the Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. ValleyCare demonstrated a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement). ValleyCare’s Cancer Program has been accredited since 1992 and continues to provide cancer patients throughout Northern and Central California with university-level care with a personalized touch.

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. This is achieved through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2012. ValleyCare is one of 1500 CoC accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing nearly 30 percent of all hospitals. 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 review process every three years.

Receiving care at a CoC accredited cancer program ensures that patients have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type, stages and treatment results offering lifelong patient followup
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care

And most importantly ---

  • Quality care close to home.

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 these standards.

“Since cancer touches each of us in some way, we at ValleyCare believe it is imperative to have this standard of high quality cancer care close to home,” says Marcy Feit, CEO of ValleyCare Health System. “I am pleased we are able to offer this level of care to our community.”

The ValleyCare Health Library and Ryan Comer Cancer Resource Center, along with the Women’s Imaging Center and ValleyCare’s Regional Cancer Center is located at 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd. in Pleasanton.