FORT MYERS, Fla., May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the leading community-based oncology practice in the state, announced today that Palm Beach Cancer Institute (PBCI) will be joining the practice, effective June 1, 2013. According to William Harwin, M.D, President of Florida Cancer Specialists, the new merger will increase the number of locations of the state's largest independent oncology/hematology practice and provide expanded services to cancer patients on the east coast.
"I am thrilled to announce that Palm Beach Cancer Institute is joining the FCS family," said Dr. Harwin. "PBCI is the premier group on the east coast of Florida and has an impeccable reputation in the oncology world. We are excited to have this innovative group of highly respected clinicians enhance the quality of care at FCS."
Brad Prechtl, CEO of FCS, added, "Our growth into the east coast is monumental for FCS, because increasing patient service areas is at the very heart of our mission to provide world-class cancer treatment close to our patients' homes. Additionally, PBCI brings long-standing experience and a strong reputation for excellence into our practice. We are delighted that a group of this caliber is joining FCS."
The merger with PBCI will add four clinical sites to the Florida Cancer Specialists' network, extending service areas to the communities of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington and Atlantis in Palm Beach County.
Daniel Spitz, M.D., a managing partner at Palm Beach Cancer Institute, said, "The merger of the two practices will provide our patients many new and exciting services - combining customized, streamlined cancer care with groundbreaking, clinical trials in an environment designed for healing." Patients will now benefit from additional financial assistance programs, fully-integrated electronic medical records with a user-friendly patient portal, and increased access to the latest cutting-edge treatments.
"While our name will change, our commitment to our patients and to this community remains steadfast. We are joining a group of oncologists who share our vision of high quality, patient focused care. Our patients will continue to see their physician in the same location and the transition will be seamless," stated Robert J. Green, M.D., a managing partner at PBCI.
Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute offers a full range of oncology and hematology services, including clinical research and the use of evidence-based medicine and proactive patient support services. Additionally, Florida Cancer Specialists is a proud recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2011 Clinical Trials Participation Award, which is presented nationally to recognize practices that have established high-quality clinical cancer research programs.
About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute:
Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With over 150 physicians, 90 nurse practitioners and more than 60 clinical sites 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 byU.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.
Established in 1984, 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 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.
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