Archive for November, 2012

Pinellas Cancer Treatment Center Marks 2,000th Patient Milestone

WellSpring Oncology patient shares his story about the difference in care

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – When 56-year-old Joel Barnes walked into Pinellas County cancer treatment facility, WellSpring Oncology, he never imagined being treated with such compassionate care, let alone becoming the cancer treatment facility’s 2,000th patient.

After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, Barnes and his physicians decided to perform a prostatectomy, surgically removing the prostate. But this October, Barnes went for his regular, prostate specific antigen (PSA) test and discovered his levels were becoming slightly elevated. Not wanting to take chances, he visited the Pinellas cancer treatment facility, WellSpring Oncology.

“Throughout my battle with prostate cancer, I had not been impressed with the medical field overall,” Barnes says. “But WellSpring was different.”

On his second visit, Barnes learned he was the 2,000th patient treated. To commemorate the occasion, the Pinellas cancer treatment center presented him with a gift basket filled with some of his favorite items: barbeque supplies; including a chef’s hat and apron, dry rub and barbeque utensils. He also received gift cards for dinner and a movie, a night out he plans to enjoy with his wife.

“WellSpring didn’t have to do that for me,” Barnes says. “If they didn’t, I had already been treated so kindly, so professionally already, I would’ve still thought the world of them.”

Barnes worked in the medical field as an orderly during college and saw first hand how important it was to patients to see that someone truly cares.

“It was a sobering experience, finding myself as the patient,” he says. “I live only minutes away from the Pinellas cancer treatment center and used to pass it all the time; but I’ve never needed them until now. I truly feel privileged to have been treated at WellSpring Oncology. Talking to them is like talking to family; the doctors, nurses and greeting staff remember everyone’s first name, not because they have to, but because they truly care. That is very rare these days and it has honestly been one of the highlights of my life.”

Barnes was so impressed with the Pinellas cancer treatment center’s ability to maintain that standard of quality so consistently, that he decided he wanted to be part of it. He plans to volunteer at WellSpring Oncology’s next community awareness event, just to give back.

“I wish other medical institutions, even businesses in general, could care enough to do what WellSpring does every day,” he says. “You’ve got one chance to make a first impression, but they make that impression every time. The lengths they go to in order to make us comfortable is wonderful: comfy chairs, snacks, widescreen TV, all of those things matter a great deal. All I can say is ‘Wow’.”

About WellSpring Oncology:
Doctors Robert Miller, Zucel Solc and Frank Franzese opened the doors of WellSpring Oncology in the 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. WellSpring Oncology’s physicians 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 or to make an appointment, contact WellSpring Oncology at (727) 343-0600 or visit them online at

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November 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

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