Moffitt Cancer Center Receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard Reaccreditation

February 17, 2010

Moffitt Cancer Center Receives CEO Cancer Gold Standard Reaccreditation

Tampa, FL –Moffitt Cancer Center received the CEO Cancer Gold Standard reaccreditation,recognizing Moffitt’s continuous dedication and commitment to maintaining a high standard of excellence in cancer care and prevention.

“This is recognition of Moffitt’s commitment to give hope to cancer patients and their families, and to improve the lives of those who provide the cancer care – our employees,” said Nick Porter, executive vice president, Institutional Advancement and Corporate Relations at Moffitt. “Creating a healthy work environment isn’t just a nice thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.”

The CEO Cancer Gold Standard was developed by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer to assist organizations in reducing the burden of cancer. The gold standard recognizes organizations with the commitment to take actions in reducing the cancer risk of their employees and their families through five critical pillars. These five areas represent the dedication to a healthy workplace through risk reduction, lifestyle change, early detection and quality care.

The five pillars for gold standard recognition are:

  • A tobacco-free establishment with cessation initiatives and counseling in the workplace.
  • An establishment that encourages a healthy lifestyle by providing nutritious food choices and by providing access to nutrition and weight control programs.
  • An organization that demonstrates a commitment to physical activity by eliminating barriers to active lifestyles.
  • A cancer-screening establishment that ensures health plans focusing on cancer detection and prevention.      
  • An establishment that provides access to quality treatment and clinical trials through educational programs, cost efficient health programs and accessibility to accredited cancer centers.

Michele Talka, director, compensation of benefits and HRIS at Moffitt, will serve on the Gold Standard Accreditation Review Boardfor this year. Talka will work with the board to develop initiatives to reduce the risk of cancer to organizations across the United States.

Moffitt joins 37 other organizations across the country that met the high standard for cancer prevention, screening and care guidelines. 

About The CEO Roundtable on CancerThe CEO Roundtable on Cancer was founded in 2001, when former President George H.W. Bush challenged a group of executives to "do something bold and venturesome about cancer within your own corporate families." The CEOs responded by creating and encouraging the widespread adoption of the CEO Cancer Gold Standard which calls for organizations to evaluate their health benefits and workplace culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to fight cancer in the workplace.  For more information on the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ and the web-based accreditation process and support, please visit

About Moffitt Cancer Center

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 14 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.