Moffitt Cancer Center ranks on U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer

July 11, 2008

Tampa, FL Moffitt Cancer Center ranks No. 16 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. This is the 10th year in a row that Moffitt has appeared on the newsmagazine’s cancer list. The list is accessible today at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and on sale at newsstands Monday.

“What an honor to be recognized on such a prestigious list with some of the most well-known cancer centers in the country,” said Dr. William S. Dalton, CEO and center director of Moffitt. “We could not have achieved this reputation without the help of our hard-working staff, doctors and researchers. This is truly a team effort.”                

Moffitt has achieved many successes over the past year including breaking ground on M2Gen, a wholly owned subsidiary of Moffitt charged with developing personalized cancer treatments for patients and partnering with Shands HealthCare and the University of Florida to improve cancer care.

Methodology

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties weigh three elements equally: reputation, death rate, and a set of care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals must pass through several gates to be ranked and considered a Best Hospital:

1. The first gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked by requiring that any of three conditions be met — to be a teaching hospital, to be affiliated with a teaching hospital or to have at least six important medical technologies from a defined list of 13.

2. The second gate determines whether a hospital is eligible to be ranked in a particular specialty. To be eligible, the hospital had to either have at least a specified volume in certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated in our yearly specialist survey.

3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked based on its reputation, death rate, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.

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