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Watson Clinic Overview

Lakeland, FL
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Since 1941, Watson Clinic has worked to create a healthcare experience that’s completely centered around our patients- offering the area’s largest team of experts across a diverse range of specialties that serve all of your physical, emotional and behavioral ... Read more

Mission: The Watson Clinic Mission is to provide comprehensive medical services of the highest quality, in the most cost effective manner, while constantly improving excellence in the best interest of patient care.

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Watson Clinic – Why Work For Us?


Watson Clinic is one of the largest multispecialty medical clinics in Florida. We provide comprehensive healthcare services to residents of Lakeland, Polk County, Central Florida and beyond. First established in 1941, Watson Clinic has grown to include over 215 board-certified physicians representing 40 different medical and surgical specialties -- plus a well qualified team of midlevel providers such as physician assistants, advanced nurse practitioners, audiologists, speech/language pathologists, registered dietitians and physical/occupational therapists. 

Services include primary care, cardiology, OB-GYN, ophthalmology, orthopedics, podiatry and urology, just to name a few -- plus XpressCare for walk-in after-hours care open days, evenings and weekends. Watson Clinic is proud to continue their legacy of healthcare excellence today as seen at the Main Clinic, 1600 Lakeland Hills Boulevard in Lakeland, FL, as well as 16 satellite locations in Polk, Pasco and Hillsborough counties. 

The Watson Clinic Mission is to provide comprehensive medical services of the highest quality, in the most cost effective manner, while constantly improving excellence in the best interest of patient care. 

Dr. Louis S. Saco is a Gastroenterologist with Watson Clinic and has been the CEO and Chairman of the Board since January of 2002. He is board-certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, and has specialty certification in Managed Care Medicine.
He completed his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC; and his Internal Medicine Internship & Residency from Georgetown University Hospital.
Dr. Saco went on to complete a Gastroenterology Fellowship in the Division of Digestive Disease and Nutrition, Department of Medicine at University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC.
Dr. Saco graduated with his MBA from the University of South Florida School of Business in Tampa, FL.
Dr. Saco is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association. He is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American College of Physician Executives, American College of Sports Medicine, Florida Gastroenterology Society, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and Polk County Medical Association.
Governing board positions that Dr. Saco currently holds are with Watson Clinic (Chairman) and Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Center LLP. He is on the Board of Directors for the Watson Clinic Foundation (Chairman) Center for Research and Tampa Bay Partnership. Dr. Saco is on the Board of Trustees at Florida Southern College and on the Advisory Board at Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE). He was a former Council Member at Florida Society of Internal Medicine, former Board Member at All Saint’s Academy and Lakeland Christian School, and former Member of the Board of Directors at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Saco is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor at Florida Southern College. He is also the team physician for the Detroit Tigers - Florida Operations and the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He is a member of the Major League Baseball Team Physician Society. For two consecutive years, Dr. Saco was the chairman for the Heart Start! Walk for the American Heart Association.
He is an exceptional leader with a strong commitment to providing quality healthcare for every generation.

Watson Clinic’s commitment to the community has remained constant since their humble beginnings in 1941. As medical advancements have developed new and exciting possibilities, Watson Clinic has led the way by continuing to offer the latest innovations in technology and
Watson Clinic now touches every corner of the community with 13 additional regional sites, including family practice locations in Bartow and Plant City and dermatology offices in Sun City Center and Zephyrhills. 

Other medical offices include Lakeland Highlands, the Center for Rehabilitative Medicine, Kidney Center, Behavioral Health Division at Edgewood, South Lakeland, and North Pediatrics.

As a member of the Watson Clinic team, you are a member of our family and play a crucial role in benefiting the lives of every patient we serve. With our emphasis on quality service, a positive work environment, and our mission of improving the wellness of our community, it's easy to understand why   Watson Clinic has been named one of the top 100 employers in Florida and is one of the largest multispecialty clinics in the southeast.
The truest measurement of the Watson Clinic difference lies in the bright minds and compassionate spirits of our people. We hope you will choose to make Watson Clinic part of your future, as only the best and most talented will be chosen to carry on the Clinic's legacy.

As an eligible staff member your medical options include a choice of two consumer driven products provided through UMR. They consist of the Watson Clinic HRA Plan or the Watson Clinic HSA Plan. For full time employees, the Clinic will make available health insurance coverage for the employee and the family. If you are part time, you can only insure yourself.

Watson Clinic will make available to you either a PPO dental plan or a Co-Pay dental plan. The PPO plan allows you to see either in-network or non-network dentists. With the co-pay, when you stay in-network, you will only pay a co-payment for services rendered. Our dental insurance coverage is provided through Met Life.  

401(k) PLAN
Employees are eligible to participate in the 401(k) portion of the Watson Clinic LLP Profit Sharing Plan effective as of date of hire. Employees must contribute a minimum of 2% to receive the full 1% employer match. 

Paid time off is earned vacation time, personal days, holidays and paid short-term illness days in a single paid time off system. All PTO can be carried over from one year to the next up to the maximum allowed based upon service tenure. We also offer a PTO sellback program. 

The Clinic will provide $1000.00 for full time employees and $500.00 for part time employees for tuition reimbursement for the calendar year. (January through December) 




ALSO included: Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA’s), Cafeteria discounts, Long-Term Care Plan, Pre-Paid Legal Plan, Identity Theft Shield Program, CollegeBound 529 Plan, Pet Insurance, Free Parking, Service Pins, Direct Deposit and more.

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    Good hours. Mostly great doctors. Good teams in offices. Does a lot in the community. Accepts most private insurances. Multidisciplinary claim Nicki. CARDIOLOGY TOP NOTCH!!


    Pay scales. New hires making more than veteran nurses. Too much emphasis on making money that sometimes affects PT's negatively.

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    Practice ur motto daily; Patient comes first.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Watson Clinic (Lakeland, FL) in September 2016.


    Applied online and waited a week, received a phone call, invited for in-person interview, was given a tour of the facility, asked some basic questions and went over resume briefly, and finally received response "still interviewing other candidates through end of month" which basically is a formal way of saying they're not interested.

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