Moffitt Cancer Center Ranks 16th on U.S. News & World Report’s List of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer

July 16, 2009

Tampa, FLMoffitt Cancer Center ranks No. 16 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. This is the 11th year in a row that Moffitt has appeared in the newsmagazine’s cancer rankings. The list is available at www.usnews.com/besthospitals and will be on sale at newsstands Tuesday.                  

“We are honored to be deemed one of the top cancer centers in the country once again,” said Dr. William S. Dalton, CEO and center director of Moffitt. “This prestigious distinction is a direct reflection of our many talented and dedicated faculty and staff who are passionate about achieving our mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.”

Methodology

The rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties — all but ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology — are predominantly driven by hard data. There are four components: reputation, death rate, patient safety (new this year), and care-related factors such as nursing and patient services. In these 12 specialties, hospitals have to 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 at all by requiring that it must meet any of three conditions: be a teaching hospital; have at least 200 beds; or have at least 100 beds plus at least four out of eight key medical technologies such as current-generation CT scanners and precision radiation therapy.
  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 of certain procedures and conditions over three years, or had to have been nominated by at least one physician in the last three years of our annual specialist survey.
  3. The third gate is whether a hospital does well enough to be ranked, based on its reputation, death rate, patient safety, and factors like nurse staffing and technology.

In the four other specialties — ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology — ranking is based solely on nominations from the three most recent physician surveys.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center — a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s 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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