Watson Clinic's Cancer Center Earns Gold Status Reaccreditation

Monday, August 01, 2016

Watson Clinic’s Cancer & Research Center has been awarded the highest level of achievement, the gold status for a three-year reaccreditation from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). The Watson Clinic is one of over 1500 cancer facilities in the country to be accredited by this organization. We are also one of only six freestanding cancer centers in the nation, and the only facility in the state of Florida to achieve the accreditation. Following a meticulous, voluntary onsite evaluation, the Watson Clinic cancer center earned gold status from this highly coveted patient advocacy organization.

“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,” explains Dr. Louis S. Saco, chief executive officer of the Watson Clinic. “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.”

Watson Clinic’s cancer center received special commendations for excellence in the following areas:

  • Nursing Care
  • Rapid Quality Report Systems
  • Accuracy of Data Submission
  • Clinical Trial Accrual
  • Public Reporting of Outcomes
  • Registrar Education·
  • College of American Pathologists Protocols


“This renewal of our accreditation from the CoC is a direct result of our multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer,” said Luis A. Franco, MD, a hematologist-oncologist at the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center. “Our patients benefit from the expertise of not just one specialist, but our entire team of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, hematologists, pathologists, urologists, dietitians, nurses, social workers, and many others from Watson Clinic’s vast family of providers.”

In addition, Watson Clinic's cancer center is the only facility in the state of Florida to receive the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award from the organization. This award was also presented to the clinic following our evaluation in 2013.

First established in 1922, the Commission on Cancer is dedicated to improving survival rates and the quality of life for cancer patients. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and numerous national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. A CoC accreditation assures patients that they can expect to receive comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home.

For more information about the Watson Clinic Cancer & Research Center, visit www.WatsonClinic.com/CancerCenter. To learn more about the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, please visit www.facs.org/cancer.


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