BUSINESS BRIEFS: Jefferson Healthcare granted accreditation for cancer program … and other items

PORT TOWNSEND — The Commission on Cancer, a program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Jefferson Healthcare.

To earn voluntary commission accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed the commission’s quality care standards, be evaluated triennially through a survey process and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care, according to a news release.

The accreditation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey, according to the release.

The accreditation program provides the framework for health care to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, lifelong follow-up for recurrent disease and end-of-life care, according to the release.

When patients receive care at a commission facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials, new treatments, genetic counseling and patient-centered services

Like all commission-accredited facilities, Jefferson Healthcare maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Database, a joint program of the commission and American Cancer Society.

“This new designation will allow us to continue to provide optimum oncology treatments across multiple disciplines in order to serve our community the best way we can,” said Lisa Holt, chief ancillary officer.

Social worker lauded

PORT TOWNSEND — Amanda Edgar, social services director at Life Care Center of Port Townsend, received Life Care Centers of America’s Northwest Division “Whatever It Takes and Then Some Award” on Aug. 16.

The program rewards associates monthly for extraordinary acts of kindness, after which each facility then chooses an annual winner, from which the divisional winners are selected, according to a news release.

Executives awarded Edgar a $1,000 cash prize during an awards ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Cleveland, Tenn.

For her nomination, Edgar assisted a resident “who had no family support [when he] was nearing the end of his therapy program.

“Edgar drove more than half an hour away to his home, tidied it up and organized it for his return.

“When she realized he had no food and no ride to pick up his prescriptions, she used her day off to take him grocery shopping and to the pharmacy,” according to the release.

Edg3 fund competition

The next phase of competition for Kitsap Bank’s edg3 Fund small-business competition starts Monday, Sept. 18.

The public can vote for their favored company until Sept. 29, when voting will close.

To vote, visit

Seven North Olympic Peninsula businesses were announced in the group of 16 semifinalists vying for a $20,000 cash prize.

The companies are Office Xpats LLC, Bainbridge Island; Saboteur Bakery Inc., Cascade Hygiene and Grounded LLC, Bremerton; Kayak Brinnon, Brinnon; SpringRain Farm & Orchard, Chimacum; KnifeForkSpoon, Gig Harbor; and Mystery Bay Sails & Canvas, Nordland.

Also, Morel Compass Mushrooms & Co., Port Angeles; Set & Drift Shellfish, Port Ludlow; Home Made Café, Port Orchard; Vinder Inc., Port Townsend; Bushel & Barrel Ciderhouse, Longship Marine and Slippery Pig Brewery LLC, Poulsbo; and Little Gray Farms Escargots, Quilcene.

The mission of competition is to recognize entrepreneurs who are dedicated to growing their community in three ways: economically, socially, and environmentally, according to a news release.

For more information about the finalists, visit www.kitsapbank/edg3-fund.