VMC’s Sobrato Cancer Center: the best public facility in CA

Sobrato Cancer Center

The Sobrato Cancer Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program. The SCVMC is the only public/government hospital in California to receive certification, which demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement.

“High standards for treatment must be achieved to receive certification,” stated Dr. Lee Levitt, Chief of the Oncology Department at SCVMC. “We are very proud of this accomplishment.  Everyone on this team works toward the same goal, making sure our patients get high-quality, safe and outstanding care.”

The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program is an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The certification is for three years from designation, which was achieved on March 26, 2013.

This certification program is the first of its kind for oncology in the United States. The Sobrato Cancer Center achieved certification by meeting core standards in all areas of treatment, including:

  • Treatment planning;
  • Staff training and education;
  • Chemotherapy orders and drug preparation;
  • Patient consent and education;
  • Safe chemotherapy administration;
  • Monitoring and assessment of patient well-being.

“Oncology practices that are committed to quality and safety are those that provide the most optimal cancer care,” said ASCO President Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP. “ASCO’s quality programs are designed by leaders in the profession and give practices the ability to continuously improve the quality of care they provide.  The QOPI Certification Program helps practices determine whether they are providing the best treatment and care possible to their patients, and demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice.”

The Sobrato Cancer Center is named for the family of Silicon Valley philanthropist John A. Sobrato. In 2006, the Sobrato family donated $1,000,000 to the Valley Medical Center Foundation to help fund the purchase of a new linear accelerator for the Center.

4 replies
  1. Stephanie Chand
    Stephanie Chand says:


    I work at Latinas Contra Cancer in San Jose. LCC is working with VMC with their Patient Navigation program for Latino women with cancer. We are currently rebuilding our website and putting out resources for the undeserved Latino Community which they can refer to different cancer center across the nation. I want to know if your facility has Spanish language assistance or an interpreter for the patients? Also, does VMC have a Spanish version of their website for the non-English speakers?

    Thank you for your time.

    Stephanie Chand

    • Michael Elliott
      Michael Elliott says:

      Thanks for your message, Stephanie. VMC has on-site translation services in over 150 languages. And normally there is a Spanish-speaker in every unit, but certainly always one available by phone.

      I’m not aware of a Spanish-language version of the website (www.scvmed.org). There is certainly a need for one and we will pass along your question. Please let us know how else we can be helpful.

  2. Angela Sato-Anderson
    Angela Sato-Anderson says:

    I would like to inquire how donations can be made to the Cancer Center. The San Jose Fire Department is hoping to donate proceeds from sales of Cancer Awareness Pins to our Department members. I don’t see the Cancer Center on the page listing donation options. Thank you. Angela

    • Michael Elliott
      Michael Elliott says:

      Hi Angela. Thank you for your inquiry. What a lovely offer. The VMC Foundation receives many donations to benefit the Sobrato Cancer Center at VMC, and has a special fund established for this purpose. Donors can simply designate on their check or in writing that they are making the donation in support of the Cancer Center. If you have questions, or want to discuss in more detail, please contact me at 408-885-2485.


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