St. Mary cancer center earns accreditation, commendation

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WALLA WALLA -- Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center has earned a three-year accreditation with commendation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, according to Providence St. Mary's director of public affairs, Kathleen Obenland.

The Cancer Center received the distinction after an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor. Surveyors evaluate cancer programs on standards including clinical services, community outreach and research.

The Cancer Center was the first center in the region devoted exclusively to cancer treatment, Obenland noted.

The Commission on Cancer is a group of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients, including by setting standards for treatment facilities.

Accreditation is only granted to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance, she added.

To maintain accreditation as the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center has, a facility must undergo on-site review every three years.

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