Whidbey General Hospital

Accredited Cancer Program

Cancer treatment is demanding enough without the long commutes, traffic jams and ferry lines you may experience going off island for care. Save your energy for healing. Quality care is available at Whidbey General, where our Cancer Program has been accredited since 1979 by the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons.

You don't have to go off island for high quality cancer care. The accredited Cancer Program at Whidbey General features noted medical oncologists, state-of-the-art treatments and a compassionate, experienced interdisciplinary team. Learn more about our people and the services we provide.

The mission of the Whidbey General Cancer Program is to ensure compassionate, coordinated cancer care for patients and their families. An interdisciplinary team of health care providers, allied health professionals and support staff works together to promote patient-centered care and evidence based-practice, while maintaining high quality care based on national standards. 

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Our Cancer Program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, which accredits only about one in four hospitals. Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer recognizes the quality of comprehensive cancer care at a facility and offers a commitment that you will have access to medical specialists who are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Our Cancer Committee, a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, patient care and support staff, works closely with the Commission on Cancer with the goal of helping patients and family members meet treatment goals.

The Commission on Cancer honored Whidbey General pediatrician Dr. Gabriel Barrio in 2010 with the Outstanding Physician Liaison Award for his excellent work in cancer care on Whidbey Island. He was one of 39 recipients out of 1,600 physicians who served as liaisons to the Commission on Cancer nationwide.

“I am so proud of our hospital. I am spreading the word—there is no need to leave this island for exemplary care.”

- Patient whose chemotherapy was transferred to Whidbey General from a Seattle hospital


Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited program esures you will receive:

    • Quality care close to home
    • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
    • A multi-specialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options available to cancer patients
    • Access to cancer-related information, education, and support
    • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up
    • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
    • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

After our most recent survey, we received commendations in the following areas:

    • Outcome Analysis
    • Clinical Trial Accrual
    • Prevention and Early Detection
    • Cancer Registry Staff Education
    • Cancer Related Improvements

Facing a Cancer Diagnosis?
You are not alone. For treatment and support, please call the Medical Ambulatory Care (MAC) clinic at Whidbey General at 360-678-7624 or 360-321-5173.


Outstanding Quality


Dr. John Hassapis, Renee Yanke, ARNP and Dr. John Hoyt serve on the Whidbey General Cancer Care Committee.


The Commission on Cancer re-accredited our cancer care program in 2012 with the maximum eight commendations. Very few hospitals achieve this distinction. We also received the commission's annual Outstanding Achievement Award, an honor shared in 2012 by only 79 hospitals in the country and one other hospital in Washington. Read more about this prestigious award.


"All of you shine with love and caring!— That includes the doctors, nurses, clerical staff and others we’ve encountered and are blessed to have met. Why we’re here is not our choice, but we couldn’t think of a better place to go through this journey. We are so grateful." Read more comments about our Cancer Care Program.

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