Accredited Cancer Care 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. You don't have to leave Whidbey for high-quality cancer care.
Our Cancer Program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons. This accreditation, earned by only about one in four hospitals, recognizes the quality of comprehensive cancer care at a facility and ensures you will have access to medical specialists who are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The Commission on Cancer accreditation process occurs every three years. In 2012 we were re-accredited with eight commendations, the maximum possible. Among other achievements, we were recognized for implementing improvements in education, prevention, early detection and treatment that have positively and directly impacted patient care.
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.
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 means 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 types and stages of cancers along with treatment results. It also offers life-long patient follow-up
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
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