Providence Cancer Center recognized for commitment to quality and excellence

September 28, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore.  — Providence Cancer Center is leading the way for exceptional cancer care in Oregon. It has been recognized for quality and excellence by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, or QCP. The QCP is an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, or ASCO.

The program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care. Providence Cancer Center is the only cancer facility in Oregon to receive this honor.

“We are thrilled to have received this certification,” said Walter Urba, M.D., Ph.D., director, Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center in the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Cancer Center. “It is a clear designation from ASCO that recognizes our commitment to quality cancer care.”

The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, or QOPI, is a voluntary, self-assessment and improvement program launched by ASCO in 2006 to help hematology-oncology and medical oncology practices assess the quality of care they provide to patients. The certification for outpatient oncology practices is the first program of its kind for oncology in the United States. Oncologists can achieve certification by demonstrating practice consistent with the highest standards of care. The QCP seal designates those practices that not only scored high on the key quality measures, but meet rigorous safety measures established by ASCO and the Oncology Nursing Society. 

To become certified, practices have to submit to an evaluation of their entire practice and documentation standards. The QCP staff and steering group members then verify that the evaluation and documents are correct and that the practices met core standards in all areas of treatment, including treatment planning; staff training and education; patient consent and education; monitoring and assessment of patient well-being and more.

Providence Cancer Center facilities and services are offered statewide, providing the best access to cancer care. Patients and families benefit from some of the finest, most comprehensive cancer services in the world, including the best in diagnostic imaging, state-of-the-art treatments, nationally renowned-research and compassionate counseling and support.


Providence Cancer Center, a part of Providence Health & Services, offers the latest in cancer services, including diagnostic, treatment, prevention, education, support and internationally renowned research. The Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center is one of 10 research institutions selected to form the International Immuno-Oncology Network. This global collaboration will focus on helping the body’s own immune system fight cancer and bring more clinical trials to more patients in our community than ever before.

American Society of Clinical Oncology is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. Patient-oriented cancer information is available.