Lakeland, FL – The Center for Cancer Care & Research (CCCR) has received a three-year reaccreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). CCCR is the only freestanding cancer center in the state of Florida to have earned this tremendously distinctive honor.
“For patients and families throughout our community and beyond, this prestigious accreditation is very meaningful,” said Louis S. Saco, M.D., chief executive officer of Watson Clinic, “because it affirms to them that we adhere to the highest possible standards in the areas of treatment, research, technology, education and quality of care.”
The Commission on Cancer reaccredited CCCR after conducting an intensive, voluntary onsite evaluation. CCCR achieved a compliance rating on each strict standard represented in the review, and received special commendations for excellence in the following areas:
- Clinical Trial accrual
- Registrar Education
· Public Reporting of Outcomes
· College of American Pathologists Protocols
· Nursing Care
· Abstracting Timeliness
· Accuracy of Data Submission
“From top to bottom, CCCR met or exceeded the principles that define the template for exemplary cancer care,” said Fred Schreiber, M.D., a hematologist/oncologist, physician chair of the Cancer Committee, vice president of Watson Clinic’s Center for Research, and co-medical director of CCCR. “Patients of an ACSCOC-accredited program know that they’re receiving the best possible care close to home.”
Established in 1922, the Commission on Cancer is dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
For more information about Watson Clinic or CCCR locations in both Lakeland and Bartow, FL, log on to www.WatsonClinic.com/CCCR. To learn more about the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, please visit www.facs.org/cancer. For questions about the CCCR’s accreditation, please call Mary Ann Blanchard, RN, BS, Director of Clinical Services at CCCR at 863-603-4761 or Kim Starling, CCCR Site Manager, at 863-603-4715.
About Watson Clinic LLP: As one of the largest multispecialty medical clinics in the southeast, Watson Clinic provides comprehensive healthcare services to residents of Lakeland and surrounding communities. First established in 1941, Watson Clinic has grown to include over 200 board-certified physicians representing 40 medical and surgical specialties. The Clinic continues their legacy of healthcare excellence at the Main Clinic, 1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland, as well as at 16 other locations including the Center for Cancer Care & Research. With the largest staff of cancer specialists in Polk County and a comprehensive array of cancer services, the Center for Cancer Care & Research is Polk County’s only affiliate of the renowned Moffitt Cancer Center. The facility is one of only a handful of freestanding cancer centers in the United States with a three-year accreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. More information is available at: www.WatsonClinic.com.