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Yakima County place as one of Washington State’s premier centers for health care services was punctuated last week with the announcement that Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s North Star Lodge has received a new accreditation. The Commission for Cancer from the American College of Surgeons granted three-year accreditation with commendation to North Star. Something the Commission notes, only about half of all 1,500 commission-accredited cancer programs achieve.
As part of the accreditation process, North Star had to show its dedication to commission standards through its committee leadership, data management, clinical services, community outreach, research and quality improvements. “We are pleased to be among the elite cancer centers in the nation who receive commendation from the College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer,” states Vicky Jones, MD, Memorial Cancer Committee Chairperson. “I think it speaks to our team’s diligent efforts to not only meet, but often exceed the highest of standards in our field of medicine.” When patients receive care at an accredited facility, they have access to:
North Star must undergo an onsite review every three years to keep up the accreditation. North Star Lodge is the distinctive centerpiece of Memorial’s comprehensive cancer care services. It offers medical and radiation oncology services as well as clinical trials.
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