Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Announces Alliance with Alltrust Insurance

Nation’s Largest Independent Hematology/Oncology Practice Choses Brokerage Firm to Advise Employee Benefits

Fort Myers, FL - January 28, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Alltrust Insurance, a leading brokerage firm in the employee benefits industry, has been chosen to advise and develop improved benefits packages for the more than 2300 FCS employees throughout the state.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, “Alltrust has been working closely with our HR team to maximize our employee benefit plans, as well as to engage and educate our employees to become efficient consumers of healthcare. As a provider of healthcare services, FCS is keenly aware of just how important it is for individuals to understand their healthcare benefits. Our partnership with Alltrust will not only ensure that our employees have a broad range of excellent benefits, but also that they have a thorough understanding of their plan, so that they can become knowledgeable decision makers when it comes to their overall health and well-being.”
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Fundraising Gala in Naples to Bring Help to Cancer Patients in Need

Signature event for FCS Foundation slated for April 16th

Naples, FL - January 16, 2016…… Dealing with a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment is stressful enough without having to worry about how to pay for essentials such as rent or the electric bill. Patients suddenly discover that cancer not only strikes their body, but their family, friends, profession and their finances.

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, which provides financial assistance for non-medical bills to qualified cancer patients so they can focus on battling their illness, is hosting the “Time to Remember” gala on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples. It will feature a LIVE performance by soul diva, music legend and the First Lady of Motown, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. The magical Motown-inspired evening includes cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction of unique items and experiences, including “Fund-a-Family” live bidding where proceeds will go directly to support families of cancer patients.
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Christy Banach, Melisa Chandler, Nicole Picazio Promoted to Senior Management Team

Florida Cancer Specialists Announces Advancement of Three Senior Leaders

Christy Banach
Director of Patient
Business Services

Melisa Chandler
Director of
Revenue Cycle

Nicole Picazio
Director of Contracting
and Credentialing

Fort Myers, FL - January 13, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce three promotions to the Senior Management team. Christy Banach has been named Director of Patient Services, Melisa Chandler was promoted to Director of Revenue Cycle, and Nicole Picazio is now Director of Contracting and Credentialing.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, “These three outstanding women have all been with the company for a number of years and have held a variety of positions within the financial services department and contributed to the overall success of FCS. Their expertise and leadership has helped to provide a positive experience for our patients and their families during some of the most challenging circumstances of our patients’ lives. We are very proud to welcome Christy, Melisa and Nicole to our Senior Management Team.”
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American Cancer Society - Pass the Buck
American Cancer Society - Pass the Buck
Brad Prechtl, CEO of Florida Cancer Specialists and chairman of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer Florida Chapter lead the charge in Tallahassee to advocate for a healthier future for Floridians. The large group rallied in support of raising the surcharge on packs of cigarettes.

American Cancer Society asks Florida Legislators to "Pass the Buck"

Brad Prechtl, Chairman of the Florida Chapter of American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, leads cancer patients, survivors and advocates at rally to increase cigarette tax

Tallahassee, FL - January 21, 2016…… Brad Prechtl, CEO of Florida Cancer Specialists and chairman of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer Florida Chapter, and dozens of cancer patients, survivors and advocates from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network took to the Capitol steps Thursday morning. Their mission is to encourage Florida’s legislature to increase the surcharge on packs of cigarettes by at least $1. Supporters say the increase will help improve Floridians quality of life, increase the economy and save lives. They're tagging it on social media as #PassTheBuck.
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Dr. Antonella Leary Joins Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Nation’s Largest Independent Hematology/Oncology Practice Adds Gynecological Oncologist in Palm Beach County

Antonella Leary, MD

Fort Myers, FL - January 7, 2016…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Antonella Leary, MD, has joined Florida Cancer Specialists and will be seeing patients at the FCS cancer centers in Palm Beach Gardens (3401 PGA Blvd., Suite 200, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410) and Wellington (1037 St. State Road 7, Suite 303, Wellington, FL 33414).

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, "Dr. Leary will bring an added dimension to our practice locations in Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington, focusing on female malignancies, including cervical, vulvar, uterine, and ovarian carcinomas. She offers patients innovative and highly effective treatment options and we’re happy to have her join the FCS family.”
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Michael Essik, Inga Gonzalez and Jeff Rubin Recognized for Leadership Achievements

Florida Cancer Specialists Announces Senior Management Promotions

Michael Essik
Vice President
of Finance

Inga Gonzalez
Senior Regional

Jeff Rubin
Vice President
of Practice Operations

Fort Myers, FL - December 21, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce the promotions of three senior leaders in the organization. Michael Essik has been promoted to Vice President of Finance; Inga Gonzalez has been named as Senior Regional Director in Central Florida; Jeff Rubin assumes responsibilities as Vice President of Practice Operations.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, “Each of these outstanding individuals has demonstrated leadership qualities that have advanced their departments and contributed to the overall success of FCS, as well. Jeff Rubin has been with the company for 12 years, and has consistently proven to be an invaluable resource for achieving strategic goals. Inga Gonzalez, who joined FCS in 2011, and Michael Essik, who came to FCS in 2013, have likewise shown great skill in executing numerous programs that have driven innovation and helped to navigate the many changes in our industry. These three leaders are highly-regarded and valued members of our Senior Management Team.”
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Dr. Geetha Kamath Named “Community Hero” by Tampa Bay Lightning

Geetha Kamath

St. Petersburg, FL - December 21, 2015……Dr. Geetha Kamath, who practices at the St. Pete and Clearwater East locations of Florida Cancer Specialists, was honored as the 14th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015–16 season by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Lightning game on December 12, 2015. Dr. Kamath has been providing free medical services for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic for the past 35 years and estimates she has served over 6000 needy patients during that time, many of whom were homeless.

Dr. Kamath’s volunteer work also extends well beyond her community practice in St. Petersburg. She has also provided disaster relief in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. In honor of her work, she received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, and will donate the money to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

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Sarah Cevallos Named Chief Revenue Cycle Officer for Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Sarah Cevallos
Chief Revenue
Cycle Officer

Fort Myers, FL - December 21, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community oncology/hematology practice in the state, is pleased to announce that Sarah Cevallos has been named Chief Revenue Cycle Officer and is assuming a broad range of responsibilities in overseeing Revenue Cycle for the organization.

FCS CEO Brad Prechtl said, “Sarah has consistently demonstrated leadership qualities that have earned the respect of her peers and the employees in the departments she oversees. Over the past seven years at FCS, she has developed a strong track record for achieving strategic improvements within her areas of responsibility. We rely on leaders like Sarah to contribute to the company’s overall success.”
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Operations Meeting 2015
Operations Meeting 2015
Operations Meeting 2015
The highlight of the annual operations meeting for Florida Cancer Specialists Managers was the team building exercise resulting in 60 Thanksgiving baskets for patients.
Some of the baskets were presented to families during the meeting.
Managers assembled baskets containing gift cards, non-perishable food items and more. Left to Right: Trang Nguyen, Jude Blankenship, Sam Watkins, Rich Dyson.

Managers from Florida Cancer Specialists Assemble 60 Thanksgiving Baskets during Operations Meeting in Tampa

December 1, 2015…… More than 170 managers from Florida Cancer Specialists Research Institute (FCS) gathered at Raymond James Stadium for their annual operations meeting on November 3, 2015. While there were business items on the agenda, they also broke into teams and assembled 60 Thanksgiving baskets filled with Publix gift cards, non-perishable food items, tableware and more. The baskets were presented to patients and their families who may not have been able to afford Thanksgiving meals this holiday. The annual tradition is very heartfelt and emotional for the nurse managers, office managers, senior and executive team members. “This really brings everything home and back to why we do what we do,” said Todd Schonherz, Chief Operating Officer for FCS.
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BRD Ribbon Cutting
BRD Ribbon Cutting
Physicians, staff, patients and local dignitaries attended a ribbon-cutting at the Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Brandon Cancer Center on Nov. 20, 2015.

Florida Cancer Specialists Celebrates Grand Opening of New $10 Million Comprehensive Cancer Center in Brandon

November 24, 2015…… The new $10 million Brandon Cancer Center, located at 403 S. Kings Ave., celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 20 with a ribbon-cutting conducted by patients, staff and dignitaries. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is introducing the community to the newly renovated office site. The office is located in a 38,400-square-foot medical building featuring evidence-based design and state-of-the-art doctors offices, exam rooms, PET/CT, high-dynamic-range imaging equipment and a linear accelerator. Patients undergoing chemotherapy, infusion and radiation therapy will be treated in the new center.

FCS physicians led the festivities and thanked staff and supporters for their efforts and contributions to serving patients in the community. "This Brandon Cancer Center offers a wide range of treatments and services all under one roof, optimizing convenience for our patients in the Brandon community," Florida Cancer Specialists CEO Bradley Prechtl said. Access to the company’s Phase 1, 2 and 3 clinical trials will also be available to patients seen at the center.

The facility adds to the Florida Cancer Specialists’ burgeoning presence in Hillsborough County, including a major facility on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Raymond James Stadium.”
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TCC Thanksgiving Nov 2015
TCC Thanksgiving Nov 2015
Tight end, Cameron Brate, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers joins the FCS physicians and staff at the Tampa Cancer Center Thanksgiving Dinner.
FCS physicians served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of patients and their families.
From left to right: Dr. Julia Coburn, Dr. Chris George, Dr. David Wright and Dr. Hafeez Chatoor.

Thanksgiving Comes Early for More Than 500 Cancer Patients, Family Members at Tampa Cancer Center

November 20, 2015…… More than 500 cancer patients and their family members attended an early Thanksgiving Dinner on November 13, 2015. The dinner was held at the Tampa Cancer Center, 3402 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607. The event was hosted by the physicians and staff of Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) in Hillsborough County who served food with the assistance of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ tight end Cameron Brate. FCS physician David Wright said, “Our patients are really like family members to us. The doctors and staff wanted to demonstrate our appreciation for our patients and the trust they place in us – and we couldn’t think of a better way than to share Thanksgiving dinner with all our extended family members.”
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Patient Appreciation
Patient Appreciation
Patient Appreciation
FCS doctors and staff were thrilled to host the Second Annual Patient Appreciation Barbecue. Left to Right: Julie Anning, Dr. Thomas Tang, Dr. Vikas Malhotra, Dr. Mary Li, Alison Murty.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey and patient Mary Goswick enjoy the festivities.
A record crowd of almost 500 turned out for the event.

Second Annual Patient Appreciation BBQ Enjoys Record Attendance

November 19, 2015…… Almost 500 patients and their families attended the second annual Patient Appreciation Barbecue dinner at the Spring Hill office of Florida Cancer Specialists. Physicians Thomas Tang, Mary Li and Vikas Malhotra put on their chef hats and joined other FCS staffers in serving lots of great food. The fun evening event also featured prizes, music, and special guest appearances by the cheerleaders and running back Bobby Rainey from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Brad Prechtl Named Florida Chair of CEOs Against Cancer

Florida Cancer Specialists’ Chief Executive Leads the Cause in the Sunshine State

Brad Prechtl
Chief Executive Officier

Fort Myers, FL - November 5, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is pleased to announce that CEO Brad Prechtl has been named Chair of the Florida Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer, a program of the American Cancer Society (ACS). The nearly 400 members of the program represent a powerful network of business leaders who bring passion, expertise and resources needed to prevent, treat and cure this disease, which costs U.S. employers $225.8 billion each year.

"We are excited Brad will be our leader as we continue to grow the CEOs Against Cancer Florida Chapter," said Ralph DeVitto, Executive Vice President, Florida Division, American Cancer Society. "His commitment and dedication to the American Cancer Society is an inspiration to all and we feel fortunate to have him as a partner in our mission to save lives from cancer."
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Clinical Summit
Clinical Summit
Clinical Summit
CEO Brad Prechtl addresses an audience of more than 200 FCS physicians, nurses, and senior managers.
FCS President Dr. William Harwin, Dr. Maen Hussein, Dr. Rakesh Rohatgi at the 2015 Clinical Summit.
Dr. Geetha Akula attended the dinner reception with her husband Dr. Ganesh Akula.

Physician Attendance Sets a Record at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute’s Annual Clinical Summit in Orlando

November 3, 2015…… 110 physicians and other clinicians from Florida Cancer Specialists attended the annual Clinical Summit, held on Oct. 23-25 in Orlando, which provided accredited Continuing Medical Education and updated physicians on the latest information and best practices in oncology/hematology. In addition to the Research to Practice program presented by Dr. Neil Love, the Sarah Cannon Research Institute presented a half-day symposium on the clinical trials program at Florida Cancer Specialists.
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Gousse Humanitarian
Gousse Humanitarian
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Shelly Glenn presents a check from Florida Cancer Specialists to Dr. Ralph Gousse’s charity "Haiti Help Med Plus, Inc.”
Dr. Ralph Gousse and his wife Ninotte were honored at the Florida Cancer Specialists Clinical Summit for their humanitarian work in Haiti.

Central Florida Medical Oncologist Dr. Ralph Gousse Honored as 2015 Florida Cancer Specialists' Humanitarian of the Year

November 3, 2015…… Florida Cancer Specialists' physician Dr. Ralph Gousse, who practices in Central Florida, was honored with the 2015 FCS Humanitarian Award at the annual Clinical Summit on Oct. 24 in Orlando. Since 2003, Dr. Gousse has made over 45 mission trips to his native country of Haiti, helping needy people with medical care, housing and educational needs.
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About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute:

Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 180 physicians, 130 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and over 90 locations in our network, we are committed to providing world-class cancer care in community-based settings close to home. Recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) with a national Clinical Trials Participation Award, FCS offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida.

Our physicians are consistently ranked nationally as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report. Trained in such prestigious medical schools and research institutes as Duke, Stanford, Harvard, Emory, M.D. Anderson, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, the physicians of Florida Cancer Specialists provide leadership and consultation in the state's leading hospitals.

FCS serves patients on the Gulf Coast from Naples to the greater Tampa Bay area, north as far as Tallahassee, in Orlando and surrounding Central Florida communities, and on the East Coast in Daytona/Palm Coast, Vero Beach/Sebastian and in Palm Beach County.

At Florida Cancer Specialists, our primary purpose – and our passion – is to provide the most advanced cancer treatment, using cutting-edge technologies, in a setting where patients can be close to home and surrounded by family and friends.

Becoming a Patient:

To become a Florida Cancer Specialist patient simply click on the city closest to you from the list below. Contact information will be listed for each office. Every office has Patient Service Specialists that will be happy to assist you.

Florida Cancer Specialists has office in the following cities:
Altamonte Springs | Apopka | Atlantis | Bonita Springs | Bradenton | Brandon | Brooksville | Cape Coral | Clearwater | Clermont | Crystal River | Daytona Beach | Deland | Englewood | Fort Myers | Gainesville | Hudson | Inverness | Lady Lake | Lake Mary | Lakewood Ranch | Land O’Lakes | Largo | Lecanto | Leesburg | Naples | New Port Richey | New Smyrna Beach | Northport | Ocala | Orange City | Orlando | Ormond Beach | Oviedo | Palm Beach Gardens | Palm Coast | Port Charlotte | Port Orange | Sarasota | Sebastian | Sebring | Spring Hill | St. Petersburg | Sun City | Tallahassee | Tampa | Tavares | The Villages | Venice | Vero Beach | Wellington | West Palm Beach | Winter Park | Zephyrhills

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