Lakewood Ranch Cancer Center Groundbreaking Press Release



Lakewood Ranch, FL – August 1st, 2018… At a groundbreaking ceremony held on Monday, July 30th, 2018, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) announced a new $16 million state-of-the-art facility in Lakewood Ranch, Florida which will house a state-of-the-art cancer center. FCS leaders and physicians Janice F. Eakle, MDAmir Harandi, MD, MSFadi Kayali, MD, and Miguel Pelayo, MD, donned hard hats and shoveled the first sections of dirt for the new facility, which is scheduled to open Summer 2019.

The new cancer center will be approximately 10,820 square feet with 38 chemotherapy chairs, 10 examination rooms, a fixed imaging suite including a Siemens PET/CT unit and will offer access to clinical trials. The new Lakewood Ranch Cancer Center is being designed and built by Optimal Outcomes using Evidence-Based Design (EBD) to achieve functional and aesthetic outcomes that increase operational efficiencies for providers while creating environments that enhance patient experiences and reduce stress. It is conveniently located east of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard behind the new Earth Fare.

Dr. William Harwin, Founder and President of FCS, said, “The healthcare industry is placing more emphasis on a patient-centric delivery model that includes higher quality and better located facilities.  FCS will be able to offer patients the utmost in functional, modern space and cutting-edge technologies. We are committed to setting a new standard in cancer treatment and demonstrating the true power of what community oncology can be.”

FCS CEO Bradley Prechtl, MBA, added, “The new state-of-the art cancer center is another example of our commitment to serving and supporting our patients in communities, both large and small, throughout Florida. This facility will bring a wide range of treatments and services all under one roof, optimizing convenience for our patients in the Lakewood Ranch community.”

Dr. Miguel Pelayo said, “This new facility will increase our ability to offer unique, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary oncology treatments in a more comfortable and convenient setting so that we can deliver personalized cancer therapies and provide renewed hope to an even greater number of cancer patients. This approach allows us to bring to our patients the most up-to-date cancer treatments available.”

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About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute: (
Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States. With more than 220 physicians, 180 nurse practitioners and physician assistants and nearly 100 locations 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. In the past 3 years, the majority of new cancer drugs approved for use in the U.S. were studied in clinical trials with Florida Cancer Specialists participation.* Our physicians are consistently ranked nationally as Top Doctors by U.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.

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 from Palm Beach County to the Jacksonville area.

Florida Cancer Specialists has built a national reputation for excellence that is reflected in exceptional and compassionate patient care, driven by innovative clinical research and cutting-edge technologies that help advance targeted treatments and genetically-based immunotherapies, and embodied by our outstanding team of highly-trained and dedicated physicians, clinicians and staff.
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About Optimal Outcomes:
Optimal Outcomes is a healthcare-specific real estate development firm with headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. Offering more than 40 years of experience, the principals of Optimal Outcomes have effectively identified and implemented ambulatory healthcare facility solutions entailing more than one million sq. ft. Capitalizing on proven experience and expertise, Optimal Outcomes provides an integrated source for successful development of healthcare destinations. Optimal Outcomes is a strategic partner who identifies facility needs with health systems to develop community and campus-based solutions that improve operational efficiencies and patient satisfaction while maximizing quality of care. Optimal projects are progressive and designed to endure. Optimal Outcomes currently owns and manages more than 500,000 sq. ft. of medical real estate in Florida. Visit