Accreditation and Awards

Franciscan Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). The Commission on Cancer is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and monitoring comprehensive quality care. Only 25 percent of cancer programs in the United States carry this quality designation and Franciscan is proud to be a part of a group considered to be the best cancer treatment centers in the country.

The five essential elements of a Commission on Cancer-accredited program are:

  • state of the art clinical services providing pretreatment evaluation (like tumor boards and care conferences), staging, treatment and clinical follow-up for patients with cancer; this care extends from initial screening and diagnosis through treatment and into end-of-life care, as needed.
  • a Cancer Committee leads the program direction through goal setting, monitoring the program activities, and evaluating patient outcomes and improving care
  • cancer conferences or tumor boards provide a forum for patient consultation and contribute to physician education
  • the Quality Improvement program is used to evaluate and improve patient outcomes
  • the cancer registry and database are the basis for monitoring the quality of cancer care.

Programs, Grants and Awards

Franciscan Cancer Center actively seeks grants and other financial support from agencies across the United States to help fund innovative programs and services for underserved people in our local communities.

Among the recent grant funding obtained by the Franciscan Cancer Center are:

  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation funded breast cancer navigation for high-risk medically underserved women – multiple consecutive years of funding
  • low-income mammogram fund
  • United Way of Pierce County Breast Cancer Navigation funds

Franciscan Cancer Care and Community Cancer Care Program

Franciscan Cancer Center and our Community Cancer Care Program are proud of the excellent patient-centered care we bring to the communities we serve. Some of our outreach work would not be possible without the generous support of these foundation grants:

  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Puget Sound Affiliate
  • American Legacy Foundation
  • United Way of Pierce County
  • Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
  • Russell Family Foundation, Jane’s Fund
  • Florence B. Kilworth Foundation
  • Gig Harbor Quilt Festival
  • Bank of America
  • Regence Foundation
  • Puget Sound Energy Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Franciscan Foundation
  • Heart and Soles Foundation
  • Franciscan Cornerstone Club

And we’ve earned numerous awards for our community outreach:


Outstanding Community Service Award - Breast Cancer Navigator Program, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound Affiliate

Community Health Leader Award Finalist - Tricia Sinek, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Franciscan Freedom from Tobacco Day – May 19, 2012, Proclamation from Governor Christine Gregoire

Clinical Trials Participation Award – Partner, Northwest Medical Specialties, Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO  


Patient Navigation Partnership Award - Breast Cancer Navigator Program, American Cancer Society

Business Health Champion – CHI Franciscan Health for adoption of tobacco-free hiring policy, Washington State Public Health Association

Healthcare Champion Award – Freedom from Tobacco Program and Dr. Patrick Hogan, Pierce County Business Examiner

Healthcare Champion, Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Frank Senecal, Pierce County Business Examiner


Individual Health Champion Award - Dr. Patrick Hogan for Freedom from Tobacco Program & other accomplishments, Washington State Public Health Association  


Commendation for outstanding work with medically underserved groups – Franciscan Community Cancer Program - ACoS Cancer Program Network Survey  

Health Care Champion Award - Breast Cancer Navigator Program, Pierce County Business Examiner

Community Service Award - Breast Cancer Partnership of Tacoma, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound Affiliate

Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award – Joy Martin, Regional Director of Oncology Services, March of Dimes Western Washington  

Outstanding Volunteer Award – Tricia Sinek, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Puget Sound Affiliate


Best Community Health Resource, Strategy Pillar Award – Community Cancer Program, CHI Franciscan Health  

Torch Bearers of Hope Award - Sisters of Hope Cancer Support Group


Award for Protecting our Community from Tobacco, Cross Cultural Collaboration of Pierce County