The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer renewed Salinas Valley Memorial's Comprehensive Cancer Center's accreditation for another three years at the highest recognized level.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System offers people with cancer a complete, local resource for education, prevention, detection, treatment and support. To keep up with a growing demand for data collection, higher standards and the implementation of clinical trials, the Cancer Registry at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System was formed. The Cancer Registry plays a vital role in ensuring that the standards set forth by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) are continually met. The Registrars manages an extensive data system that collects, analyzes and reports information on all cancer patients diagnosed and/or treated at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. To date, there are 14,146 cases in the database with more than 4,088 being actively followed. This database aids the CoC in ensuring that SVMHS is meeting the highest standards for cancer care.
The Commission on Cancer was established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922 to ensure quality comprehensive cancer care in facilities thought the nation. Through various surveys and evaluations, accreditation is awarded based on 36 standards. Programs can receive accreditation in one of four categories with Three-Year with Commendation being the highest. Currently there are 1,409 CoC-accredited cancer programs throughout the United States, which diagnose and treat approximately 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.