By Patty Kim - August 17, 2022
Moffitt Cancer Center is acquiring 9 acres in south Hillsborough County to make cancer care accessible to thousands more patients. With more than 47,000 people expected to die of cancer in Florida this year, Moffitt is planning a new facility to expand access to lifesaving screening and prevention, world class care and novel clinical trials.
By November, Moffitt expects to complete the purchase of land at the southeast intersection of East College Avenue and 27th Street South in Ruskin, less than a mile from Interstate 75. The land must be rezoned, and final approval is expected by the end of the year.
Moffitt plans to build a 75,000-square-foot facility with construction starting in early 2023 and completion by late 2024. Services offered will include screening and diagnostics, advanced imaging, clinical lab services, blood draw, biopsies, medical oncology, radiation oncology, infusion, pharmacy and clinical trials. Moffitt is expecting to serve nearly 9,000 patients by year four and create 150 jobs by year five.
“Moffitt is building incredible momentum to expand our footprint and bring cancer care closer to where our patients live,” said Dr. Patrick Hwu, president and CEO of Moffitt. “We are laser-focused on future expansions that will allow us to create a Moffitt health system to address the growing cancer burden in the state of Florida.”
New Facility in Ruskin
A 75,000-square-foot outpatient center will offer these services:
- Screening and diagnostics
- Advanced imaging
- Clinical lab services
- Blood draw
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Clinical trials
Moffitt at International Plaza, a 50,000 square foot full-service outpatient facility, opened in 2011 with easy access to Tampa International Airport. In 2021, the 28,000-square-foot Moffitt at Wesley Chapel opened, bringing Moffitt’s expertise and cancer care to Pasco County.
Moffitt is also developing 775 acres in Pasco County, the largest expansion in the cancer center’s history. The new life sciences innovation district will serve as a hub for research, digital innovation, education and patient care. The multiyear, multiphase project will include about 16 million square feet of research lab, light industrial and manufacturing, general office and clinical building space.
In addition, Moffitt is continuing to pursue opportunities to better serve patients in Pinellas County.