June 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The first-ever local cancer treatment center is recognized for high-quality, compassionate veteran care

(June 1, 2011) Pinellas Park, Fla. — Only one other facility has been chosen for this honor. Only one oncology treatment facility in the U.S. has ever earned it. And only one question remains – how is it so few earn this type or recognition?

What recognition could this be? Humana Veteran’s Provider Appreciation Award recognizes outstanding service and compassionate care of veterans. In appreciation of local cancer treatment center, WellSpring Oncolgy’s work with Project HERO, along with their treatment of military veterans living with cancer, WellSpring Oncology is the proud – and only the second ever – recipient of this award. And what does the cancer center think – how couldn’t they treat veterans with the utmost respect, honor and quality care?

“We are truly honored to receive this award,” says Zucel Solc, M.D., oncologist at WellSpring Oncology. “When we partnered with Project HERO, we simply wanted to give back to those who have given so much for all of us. Being recognized for this award tells us that we are accomplishing what we set out to do.”

Project Who?
Project HERO is a program that assists Veteran’s Affairs (VA) in giving veterans the quality health care they need when a specific service or technology cannot be provided through the VA health care system. In order to do so, they partner with pre-screened community health care providers, like WellSpring Oncology, who meet the VA’s high standards for health care. Their overall goal is to ensure that all veterans receive quality and consistent health care, either through VA providers or community partners.

WellSpring Oncology was one of the first radiation oncology providers to join Project HERO and is the exclusive provider in the area. The partnership began when Dr. Solc sought out the program and offered their cancer-treatment services for military veterans through Bay Pines VA Medical Center.

Since partnering with Project HERO and Bay Pines VAMC, WellSpring has worked with a large veteran population and has proven to be dedicated to providing high-quality care, even offering veteran care at a discounted rate.

“There aren’t enough words in the English language to express everything they do for their patients,” says WellSpring patient and United States Army veteran, David Lane. “If you were at the finest five-star hotel there is, you wouldn’t get better treatment than at WellSpring.”

Lane, who is currently undergoing radiation therapy for prostate cancer, says that his experience with WellSpring has been positive across the board. “They are dedicated to truly excelling in everything they do with the patients,” Lane continues. “And they are on a first-name basis with the patients, as well. WellSpring truly builds a relationship with us.”

It is because of this relationship and outstanding service that WellSpring was awarded the Humana Veteran’s Provider Appreciation Award.

“WellSpring is truly deserving of this award,” says Stephanie Gosselin, network development manager for Humana Veteran’s Healthcare Services (HVHS). “We survey every patient who receives treatment through Project HERO and WellSpring Oncology has always gotten such positive patient feedback. And it’s more than just a great treatment experience – it’s an overall positive patient experience.”

“Patients feel comforted when they visit WellSpring for treatment,” Gosselin continues. “The VA is very appreciative of all WellSpring does for our veterans.”

The award was presented at WellSpring Oncology on Monday, April 4, 2011. In attendance were WellSpring oncologist, Robert Miller, M.D., HVHS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Roger Holland, HVHS network development manager, Stephanie Gosselin, and Bay Pines VA Medical Center fee basis chief, Dr. Trey Reed.

About WellSpring Oncology: Doctors Robert Miller, Zucel Solc and Frank Franzese opened the doors of WellSpring Oncology in spring of 2008 to provide high-end treatment in a more personal and caring environment. The doctors at WellSpring Oncology have been practicing innovative radiation therapy since the 1970’s and developed the center to ensure patients have access to the latest technology available in the treatment of cancer. The doctors of WellSpring Oncology are all board-certified in radiation oncology and received their training at the top centers in the country, including MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the University of California San Francisco.

WellSpring Oncology is located at 6600 Sixty Sixth Street North in Pinellas Park, Florida. For more information, contact WellSpring Oncology at (727) 343-0600 or visit them online at

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