Cancer center earns accreditation

The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons granted a three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Whidbey General Hospital.

A news release from the hospital states the certification was awarded after an on-site physician evaluation determined that Whidbey General complies with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program.

Whidbey General Hospital’s Cancer Program received four commendations, including one for their prevention and early detection efforts.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer 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.

The accreditation program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs. Accreditation is awarded 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.

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