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Community Cancer Program Receives American College of Surgeons’ Approval with Commendation

Simi Valley Hospital (SVH) joins the list of the nation’s best ranked community hospital cancer programs by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, receiving an “Approval with Commendation,” following a stringent onsite performance evaluation in 2008.

“The ‘approval with commendation’ distinction is a reflection of our physicians’ and employees’ commitment to providing high quality cancer services,” said Darwin Remboldt, president and CEO. “The recognition highlights our hard work in elevating our community-based hospital cancer program above other hospitals with similar oncology capabilities.”

SVH received the three year approval with commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician and certified tumor registrar (CTR) surveyor team. The distinction demonstrated that SVH is compliant with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement).

Cancer services at SVH include the Nancy Regan Breast Center for digital mammography, Gastrointestinal (GI) lab for colorectal screening, radiation oncology (CT, MRI, ultrasound, X-ray) inpatient and outpatient surgical services and chemotherapy.

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 members include Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.

Posted 1/19/09