The Cancer & Research Center at Lakeland-based Watson Clinic recently obtained its highest possible achievement in the form of a three-year “gold” reaccreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).
Watson Clinic, among only six freestanding cancer centers nationwide, was the only facility in the state of Florida to attain the status, which was assigned to more than 1,500 cancer treatment facilities throughout the U.S.
“Achieving the highest gold status reaccreditation in every category from this highly regarded patient advocacy organization, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, validates to our patients and the community the quality and caliber of the cancer services that we offer,” Watson Clinic’s CEO Dr. Louis Saco said.
The Commission on Cancer, which has served as a patient advocacy organization since 1922, assigned the honor to the clinic following a thorough onsite assessment. CoC comprises fellows of the American College of Surgeons as well as many national organizations.
“We have been compared to the most exemplary cancer centers in the country and we have exceeded the standards set forth by each of them in the areas of treatment and overall quality of care, technology, research, and patient education,” Saco said.
Watson Clinic was commended for its nursing care, reporting and data efficiency, clinical trials, ongoing education and following protocol.
“This renewal … is a direct result of our multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer,” Hematologist-oncologist Dr. Luis Franco said, citing the team of oncologists, hematologists, pathologists, urologists, dieticians, nurses and social workers, among others, contributing to the clinic’s success.
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