Community’s Cancer Program earns “Three year Accreditation with Commendation”

The Commission on Cancer of the American Cancer Society has recently granted a “Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation” to Community Medical Centers, which includes Community Regional Medical Center, Clovis Community Medical Center, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital and the California Cancer Center.

Community received commendations for seven out of eight American College of Surgeons required standards representing the full scope of its cancer program. This level of accreditation falls under the category of Teaching Accreditation, which is one of the highest levels of service granted by the Commission on Cancer. Community treats about 3,000 cancer patients a year and continues to follow over 15,000 patients a year.

About 25% of all hospital cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are accredited by the Commission on Cancer. Only facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of performance receive accreditation by the Commission. To maintain it, facilities have an on-site review every three years.

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.

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Quality care close to home
  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty, 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 stage of cancers and treatment
  • Results and lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care

Community would like to thank Dr. Brent Kane, Cancer Committee Chairman, Dr. Babak Eghbalieh, Cancer Liaison, the Cancer Committee and the Cancer Registry for their outstanding service in making this possible.

Jennifer Avila-Allen reported this story. She can be reached at