Moffitt Cancer Center announces National Cancer Institute Designation
TAMPA, Fla. – Today, Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Moffitt Cancer Center has been awarded the National Cancer Institute’s highest designation – Comprehensive Cancer Center. Only four percent of cancer research institutions in the United States have received this prestigious designation. Moffitt is the only National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott said, “I am very excited to announce that Moffitt Cancer Center has been awarded the NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center designation. This recognition shows Moffitt’s commitment to providing world-class care for people affected by the devastating effects of cancer. Since 2014, we have invested $180 million in Florida’s top cancer research centers to improve cancer care and create a premier top cancer research network in Florida. We will continue working to make Florida the best state for cancer research and treatment.”
Comprehensive Cancer Center status recognizes robust clinical, basic and population science research; team science; scientific leadership; education programs; and research focused on benefitting the community. Since the annual $60 million investment in 2014 from the state of Florida, Moffitt has risen from the nineteenth to the number six cancer hospital in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 list of “Best Hospitals.” This is the highest national ranking ever achieved by a cancer hospital in Florida. Moffitt makes a significant impact on Florida’s economy with an economic output of nearly 2.1 billion. As one of Tampa’s largest employers, Moffitt has more than 5,200 employees for its hospitals, clinics and research facilities.
Thomas A. Sellers Ph.D., M.P.H, Moffitt Center Director said, “Designation is a testament to Moffitt’s strong focus on translating our research discoveries into new therapies for our patients. When you are treated at a NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, you receive what will be the standard of care tomorrow, today. This is because NCI-designated centers provide patients with access to cutting-edge therapies and clinical trials. Through our ongoing research efforts and robust portfolio of clinical trials, Moffitt is achieving better cancer outcomes than the national average, and providing our patients with higher-quality lives. We are continually moving forward by identifying cancer causes, developing prevention strategies and discovering new and better treatments.”
Alan F. List, M.D., President and CEO of Moffitt said, “Moffitt was established in 1981 by the Florida Legislature to address the state’s cancer burden. The institution opened its doors five years later. Our single focus is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. This year, we celebrate 30 years and in that time have grown to become the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast based on U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hospitals’ rankings. And we have made a lasting impact on cancer care through research breakthroughs in myelodyspastic syndromes, melanoma, lung and several other cancers.”
Representative James W. Grant said, "The partnership between the State of Florida and Moffitt is one of our greatest successes. The impact Moffitt has made over the last 30 years on this state let alone the Moffitt patients and their families cannot be overstated.”
Representative Janet Cruz said, "Moffitt’s ability to deliver care to Floridians not only, but also to patients throughout the country and world, is unmatched. Congratulations to Moffitt for their continued excellence in leading the fight to cure cancer."
Senator Jack Latvala said, “Congratulations to Moffitt for once again being recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. This honor is just one example of why we are so fortunate to have this world-class institute in our State,”
Representative Dana Young said, “The $2.1 billion economic impact on the Florida economy from Moffitt is an incredible asset, employing over 5,000 Floridians. Moffitt is a tremendous community asset for Tampa and a gem for the entire state. The partnership between the State of Florida and this world class facility will provide an amazing return on investment as we continue to pursue innovative breakthroughs in the fight to cure cancer."
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