Raising the Standard for Cancer Care
From the desk of Louis S. Saco.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year alone. Encouragingly, however, the overall number of people living far beyond their initial cancer diagnosis is higher than ever before.
The advances that have been made over the past several decades – from detection and treatment technologies to educational outreach and awareness efforts – have greatly improved the outlook for many survivors both today and in the future. At the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center, we understand that this is a cause for celebration and continued vigilance.
From the moment it first opened its doors in 2003, our cancer center has worked tirelessly to set a new standard for cancer care in our community. In the process, we’ve helped to redefine standards for the remainder of the country as well. Just ask the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), the prestigious patient advocacy organization that recently awarded us with a Gold Status reaccreditation (see page 10 for the full scoop).
We’re the only freestanding cancer facility in the state to receive this honor, which is the highest possible ranking given by the organization. In addition, we’re the only facility in the entire state to be given the CoC’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award. These extraordinary accomplishments are meaningful for patients and families fighting cancer both here and throughout the nation.
Also in this issue is a wealth of valuable wellness information provided by our team of expert specialists, including articles related to cardiovascular health, hysterectomy, mammograms, the Zika virus, and much more. In addition, you’ll find details on our newest location – the Watson Clinic Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine facility.
It’s an exciting time in Watson Clinic’s rich 75-year history. Browsing through this issue, you’ll understand why our tremendous growth means a healthier tomorrow for every patient and community we serve.
Louis S. Saco, MD
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Watson Clinic LLP
Chairman, the Watson Clinic Foundation, Inc.