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Cancer Center Accreditation

Ensuring our community has access to the full scope of services to diagnose, treat and support patients with cancer and their families is our mission. Maintaining our accreditation follows naturally!

The Cancer Center at Overlake is fully accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). To maintain accreditation, we ensure that our patients have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat and support patients with cancer and their families. Review our 2015 Cancer Center outreach summary.

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Elements for Approved Cancer Programs

The five elements of commission approved cancer programs are:

  • The clinical services provide state-of-the-art pre-treatment evaluation, staffing, treatment and clinical follow-up for cancer patients.
  • The cancer committee leads the program through goal setting, activity monitoring and patient outcomes and improvements.
  • The cancer conferences provide a forum for patient consultation and physician teaching.
  • The quality improvement program is the mechanism for evaluating and improving patient care.
  • The cancer registry and database is the basis for monitoring the quality of care.

Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and a review of its performance. Of the 36 CoC-approved facilities in Washington state, only 27 percent received a Three-Year with Commendation award.

Overlake's Rating

The Cancer Program at Overlake exceeded the standards in seven out of nine possible areas of commendation - ranging from prevention and early detection programs to cancer outcomes analyses.

Additionally, The Breast Health program at Overlake is the first in the greater Seattle area to receive a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The program met 23 of 23 criteria with no deficits.