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Queen of the Valley Achieves Accreditation with Accommodation from Commission on Cancer


(Napa, Calif. – Jan. 9, 2015) The Cancer Program at Queen of the Valley Medical Center has been granted a "Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation" from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. 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.

Queen of the Valley received the three-year accreditation following an on-site evaluation in December to review compliance with 32 CoC quality care standards in areas including cancer program management, clinical services, patient outcomes, continuum of care and data quality. In addition to meeting or exceeding the standards that are a hallmark of an excellent cancer program, the hospital received two commendations for standards that exceed expectations compared to all CoC accredited programs in the areas of Cancer Registrar Education and Data Submission/Accuracy of Data.

"The services and expertise offered through the Cancer Program are far beyond what is considered standard for a community hospital," said Walt Mickens, president and CEO, Queen of the Valley Medical Center. "This means that the majority of patients diagnosed with cancer in our area can get the high-quality care they need without having to travel to larger cities or academic medical centers for treatment."

This is the third time Queen of the Valley has received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Surgeons. The hospital is one of only 108 cancer programs in California, and the only program in Napa County, to earn this recognition.

In December 2014, the Cancer Program 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.

"These two awards are wonderful and well-deserved acknowledgements of our Cancer Program and its distinguished physicians and staff who provide patients and their loved ones with comprehensive, multidisciplinary care," added Mickens. "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."

Queen of the Valley's Cancer Program provides a complete range of cancer education, prevention, diagnostic and treatment services, including surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. The hospital also offers a wide array of rehabilitation and support services that complement cancer therapy.

  • More about the Commission on Cancer
  • The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), recognizes cancer care programs for their commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality, and multidisciplinary patient centered care. The CoC is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality 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. 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, and a Cancer Program accredited with distinction by the American College of Surgeons. Specialties also include maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, imaging and rehabilitation services.

The campus is also home to the Queen of the Valley Wellness Center and Synergy Medical Fitness Center, a unique facility that provides patients and the public with a direct link between lifestyle changes and better health. Services include exercise, nutrition education, and disease prevention and management. More information may be found at

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