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SEATTLE - (June 26, 2009) — The Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason was recognized with high honors by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. VM's cancer institute earned commendations in four areas:

  • outcomes analysis
  • quality of data submission
  • prevention and early detection
  • cancer-related improvements

The CoC Approvals Program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews programs to ensure they conform to high standards. Approval by the CoC is given only to facilities voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance every three years.

Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures patients receive:

  • quality care close to home
  • comprehensive care offering a range of services and equipment
  • a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available to cancer patients
  • access to cancer-related information, education and support
  • a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

The need for comprehensive, quality cancer care continues to grow. Last year, more than 1.4 million cases of cancer were diagnosed, according to the American Cancer Society. Currently, there are about 1,400 CoC-approved cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health-care system in Seattle that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 440 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Virginia Mason operates a network of clinics throughout the Puget Sound area; manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Chronic Care Management program for people living with HIV and AIDS; and operates Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, internationally recognized in autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason is known for applying manufacturing principles to health care to improve quality and patient safety.

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