Cancer Center Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Mar 24, 2015
Turlock, CA— The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has once again granted three-year accreditation to the program at Emanuel Cancer Center. To earn accreditation, Emanuel Cancer Center met 34 quality-care standards, is evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintains levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. 

Emanuel Cancer CenterAs an accredited program, Emanuel Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists.  This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. 

“For patients, this accreditation means the care and treatment they receive at Emanuel Cancer Center meets the same standards and follows the same guidelines as the other accredited centers in the nation,” said Sue Micheletti, chief executive officer at Emanuel Medical Center. “That’s something the whole community can be proud of.”

The accreditation program provides a framework for Emanuel Cancer Center to continually improve its quality of patient care through programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care, including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care. 

“When patients receive care Emanuel Cancer Center, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and a full array of patient-centered services,” explained Emanuel Cancer Center Executive Director Michael Iltis. “These include support groups, a cancer resource center and financial counseling among many others.”

Like all accredited facilities, Emanuel Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base, a joint program of the Commission on Cancer and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology-outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world, in which data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed to explore trends in cancer care.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes 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.  For more information, visit:

About Emanuel Cancer Center
Opened in 2007, the Emanuel Cancer Center brings advanced cancer care to Turlock. The Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer in recognition of its quality of treatment and care. The Emanuel Cancer Center includes advanced diagnostic services at the Ruby E. Bergman Women’s Diagnostic Center, medical oncology, radiation oncology at Stanford Emanuel Radiation Oncology Center, surgical and other services for cancer patients and their families.

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