Florida Cancer Specialists Press Release

Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute and Florida Cancer Specialists Partner to Lead the Fight Against Cancer in Lake County

Tavares, FL – October 13, 2016……… Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute and Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) have entered a new agreement that will strengthen and expand advanced oncology services in Lake County.

“Florida Hospital Waterman and Florida Cancer Specialists have a long-standing history as partners in the fight against cancer care,” said David Ottati, President and Chief Executive Officer for Florida Hospital Waterman. “The formalization of the partnership helps us further expand collaboration and programs to enhance cancer care available locally in Lake County.”

While Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute and FCS locally have had a longstanding relationship, including shared office space inside the Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute, the new alliance will provide more opportunity for physicians and specialists to work collaboratively while also giving more patients access to the comprehensive Cancer Institute’s support services. Additionally, the partnership will help ensure coordinated oncology care for inpatients at Florida Hospital Waterman guaranteeing they have access to some of the region’s most advanced treatments and clinical trials.

Dr. Maen Hussein, a medical oncologist and Executive Board Member with Florida Cancer Specialists, said, “Collaboration between all the physicians and other team members who are treating a patient is not only best practice, it also ensures the quality of care is at the highest level. We want our patients to have a seamless experience, whether they are seeing a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist or a surgical oncologist.”

Florida Cancer Specialists is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. Locally, FCS has nine locations in Lake County, including offices in Clermont, Lady Lake, Leesburg and Tavares, that provide advanced cancer treatments, such as targeted therapies and immunotherapies, as well as one of the most outstanding clinical trial research programs in the state. Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute includes radiation oncology services and comprehensive support and treatment services including patient navigation, support groups, prevention programs, genetics counseling and more.

FCS CEO Bradley Prechtl said, “Our partnership with Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute enhances our ability as a community-based oncology/hematology practice to provide patients with the most comprehensive care, utilizing cutting-edge technologies and advanced treatments. We want patients to have the highest quality care available close to where they live so they can also have the support of family and friends as they undergo treatment.”

Dr. William Harwin, Founder and President of FCS, added, “Along with the excellent physicians and dedicated staff in our network, we also are able to offer patients access to more national clinical trials than any other oncology practice in the state. Last year, over 70% of all new cancer drugs approved by the FDA were studied in clinical trials in which Florida Cancer Specialists participated.”

“FCS includes highly-respected clinical experts and they already have a strong presence in our community,” said Rick Golab, Florida Hospital Waterman Cancer Institute administrator “We are excited in that by partnering, we can further improve and strengthen the comprehensive cancer care we offer patients.”


About Florida Hospital Waterman (FLCancer.com)
Florida Hospital Waterman is a 269-bed, full-service community hospital located in the heart of Lake County. Founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman, president of the Waterman Fountain Pen Company, the hospital has grown from an 18-bed facility to a leading provider of acute and home health services in Central Florida. The hospital joined the Adventist Health System in 1992, and moved to its current location in 2003. With more than 1,700 employees and nearly 280 physicians on its medical staff, the hospital treats more than 15,000 inpatients a year and treats more than 60,000 patients in its Emergency Department annually.

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About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute: (FLCancer.com)
Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 200 physicians, 150 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. 70% of new cancer drugs approved in 2015 for use in the U.S. were studied in clinical trials conducted with FCS participation*. 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.

Florida Cancer Specialists has built a national reputation for excellence that is reflected in exceptional and compassionate patient care, driven by innovative clinical research and cutting-edge technologies that help advance targeted treatments and genetically-based immunotherapies, and embodied by our outstanding team of highly-trained and dedicated physicians, clinicians and staff.

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