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The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted Three-Year Approval with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Queen of the


Napa - Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s cancer program has been granted a three-year approval with commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), a designation held by only 25 percent of U.S. hospitals.  This prestigious designation, granted by the ACS' Commission on Cancer (CoC), highlights the excellence and high quality of Queen’s cancer program.

A facility receives a Three-Year Approval with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program such as:  cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. 

"Providing high quality, compassionate care is a top priority for us here at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.  We are pleased to receive this important recognition for our comprehensive cancer center program," explains QVMC Dennis Sisto, President and Chief Executive Officer "This designation corroborates that cancer patients in our community receive the best care that they need close to home."

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that more than 1.4 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2008. However, only 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. Currently in the United States, 80 percent of cancer patients are diagnosed and treated at a CoC approved cancer program. Approval 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.

"Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s comprehensive cancer program is lead by a committed multidisciplinary team that works together to coordinate the best possible care for our patients; this approval is a reflection of a well-synchronized team effort" notes Dr. Paul Dugan, Director of Cancer Services for QVMC.

The Commission on Cancer approval is nationally recognized by organizations such as The Joint Commission, American Cancer Society, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum and the National Cancer Institute as having established performance measures for the provision of high-quality cancer care.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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