Tampa, FL– Moffitt Cancer Center joined an elite group of companies and organizations nationwide that are promoting quality cancer care and healthy lifestyles in the workplace. Moffitt received the CEO Cancer Gold Standard accreditation, recognizing its commitment to the health of employees and their families. The cancer center is the only organization in Florida to receive this distinction. It joins 21 other organizations across the country that met a high standard for cancer prevention, screening and care guidelines.
“We are very pleased to be accredited by the CEO Cancer Gold Standard,” said Nick Porter, executive vice president, Institutional Advancement and Corporate Relations at Moffitt. “It was particularly gratifying because it showed that our current efforts for our employees and their families met the standards on our first try. Moffitt will continue to examine and enhance its efforts in all areas of health and wellness.”
In April, Moffitt took the lead and became one of the first large hospitals in the Tampa Bay area to go smoke-free. Because of the health risks from smoking, Moffitt banned tobacco use from the entire campus. It was a comprehensive plan to help staff, patients and their families end their tobacco habits. Moffitt also provides the following benefits among others to help keep employees healthy:
- 80 % employer contribution toward health insurance premiums
- Health insurance rebate
- Free health and wellness seminars, screenings
- Reduced gym membership fees
- Wellness coaches
“We will be working to involve other companies and organizations to adopt the affirmative steps that can be made to reduce the incidence of cancer,” Porter said. “American business could have a major impact on cancer by adopting the CEO Cancer Gold Standards.”
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard requires companies to evaluate their benefits and culture, and take concrete action to fight cancer in the workplace. To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use and encouraging physical activity, healthy diet and nutrition; detect cancer at its earliest stages; and provide access to quality care, including the availability of clinical trials.
“The commitment of Moffitt and other NCI-designated cancer centers to patient care and cutting edge cancer research is well documented and the accolades are well deserved,” said William C. Weldon, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson and chair of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer. “This certification further acknowledges that Moffitt’s commitment to the health and well-being of its employees is unparalleled.”
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer began offering this distinction seven years ago when former President George H.W. Bush challenged America’s CEOs to do something bold about cancer in their organizations.
About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research InstituteLocated 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.