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Queen’s Regional Cancer Center receives Outstanding Achievement Award; one of only nine in state


(March 23, 2012 -- Napa, CA) The Regional Cancer Center at Queen of the Valley Medical Center has been granted an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. Queen of the Valley is one of only nine cancer programs in California – and the only program in Napa and Sonoma counties -- to earn this recognition.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center's cancer program was granted a "Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation" from the CoC at the end on 2011. This accreditation is given to select 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. Only cancer programs that attain this level of accreditation are eligible for consideration for the Outstanding Achievement Award.

"This award is a wonderful and well-deserved acknowledgement of our cancer program and staff," said James Knister, MD, medical director of the Queen's Cancer Center. "We strive to provide the people of this community with the latest technologies and treatments coupled with highest level of compassionate care, dignity and service."

This is the second time the Queen has received a three-year accreditation and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons.

In 2011, the Cancer Center was also the recipient of a three-year accreditation in radiation oncology – representing the highest level of quality and patient safety – by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). The Queen's radiation oncology program is one of only seven programs in California to have received this level of accreditation.

The Queen of the Valley Medical Center's Cancer Center provides a complete range of cancer education, prevention, diagnostic and treatment services, as well as a wide array of rehabilitation and support services that complement cancer therapy.

More about the Outstanding Achievement Award

The Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. A facility receives the OAA following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a Commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program and also receives a compliance rating for the remaining 29 standards. The standards that form the basis of the OAA criteria are drawn from the following six areas of program activity:

  • cancer committee leadership
  • cancer data management
  • clinical management
  • research
  • community outreach
  • quality improvement

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. It is home to the area's only Level III Trauma Center, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons, and Women's Center. Services also include maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging, and wound care, among many other specialties. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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