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Commission on Cancer Accredits Providence Program

Cancer care at Providence Alaska Medical Center is one of a kind in
Alaska


ANCHORAGE, AK -The Commission on Cancer of the American College of
Surgeons has granted three-year Accreditation with Commendation to the
cancer program at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Providence is the
only commission-accredited comprehensive cancer program in Alaska.

"The commission's accreditation means Alaskans can be confident they
have access to the highest quality cancer care right here at home," said
Wanda Katinszky, director of Oncology Services at Providence Alaska
Medical Center.

Providence Alaska Medical Center received the accreditation July 24,
2009, following an on-site evaluation in 2008 by a physician surveyor.

The commission's Accreditation Program sets quality-of-care standards
for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to
those standards. Accreditation by the commission is given only to those
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.

To maintain accreditation, facilities with commission-accredited cancer
programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. This is the
second time Providence's cancer program has been accredited by the
commission. The program first received accreditation in 2005.

Receiving care at a commission-accredited cancer program ensures that a
patient will have access to:
* comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art
services and equipment;
* a multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best
treatment options;
* information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment
options;
* access to cancer-related information, education and support;
* a cancer registry that collects data on type and stages of
cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up;
* ongoing monitoring and improvement of care, and most
importantly,
* quality care close to home.

The commission has accredited more than 1,400 cancer programs in the
United States and Puerto Rico. Although this number represents close to
25 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. and its territories, it is
estimated that 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients are
treated in these facilities.



About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health &
Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health
plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services
and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit:
www.providence.org/alaska.

About the Commission on Cancer
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission
on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to
improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through
standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of
comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the
American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect
the full spectrum of cancer care. For more information, visit:
www.facs.org/cancer.

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